Ebola Vaccine Land DR. Congo
Staff of medical aid organization Doctors without Borders carry the body of a person killed by viral haemorrhagic fever, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guinea. AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of doses of Ebola vaccine have arrived the Democratic Republic of Congo, as the country battles outbreak of the disease.

According to the country’s Ministry of Health, the vaccine arrived on Wednesday, after it declared the outbreak in the northwest region near Congo-Brazzaville on May 8.

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Three persons have died from the disease with 42 reported cases, including two confirmed, according to a World Health Organization tally.

“Five thousand four hundred doses of vaccine arrived from Geneva this morning” said health ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga.

They would be kept in Kinshasa until a refrigerated transportation chain could be guaranteed.

The WHO said the risk of the disease spreading was “high” and announced it was preparing for the “worst case scenario.”

Oxfam announced Wednesday that it has made available an initial $68,000 (57,000 euros) to fight  the spread of the disease.