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The World Health Organization says there is “cautious optimism” that the Ebola outbreak in Congo may be winding down.

In a report issued this week, the UN health agency and Congolese officials say that slightly over a month into the response, further spread of the lethal virus has “largely been contained.”

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WHO says the situation in urban areas — where officials had feared transmission might take off — has remained calm for the last several weeks. Attention since then has been focused on remote rural regions mostly accessible only by dirt roads and motorbikes.

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To date, there have been 38 confirmed cases, including 14 deaths. 

More than 3,000 people have been vaccinated with an experimental vaccine in the first-ever attempt to stop an emerging Ebola epidemic.

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