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Aid workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo began giving an experimental Ebola vaccine to health workers on 8 August — one week after the World Health Organization declared an outbreak of the virus. First responders and public-health staff are scrambling to contain the outbreak while planning how to roll out the vaccine to communities in the middle of a conflict zone.

The virus is spreading in northern Kivu and Ituri, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As of 6 August, 43 people have shown symptoms of Ebola — including 36 who have died. But violence perpetuated by more than 100 armed groups fighting over resources and power in those lush, green provinces has escalated this year in advance of the country’s December presidential election. This is the nation’s tenth Ebola outbreak since 1976, but it is the first in this tumultuous eastern region.

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