Congo-Kinshasa: First Case of Ebola Reported in City of Goma, Near Rwanda Border

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Travelers are screened for the Ebola virus before getting into Kenya at the Busia One Stop Border Post on June 12, 2019, following three confirmed cases in Kasese, western Uganda.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has reported its first case of Ebola inside eastern city of Goma. The presence of the virus has raised concerns of an outbreak inside densely populated area along the Rwandan border.

The Congolese Health Ministry on Sunday confirmed the first reported case of the Ebola virus in Goma, a city of roughly 1 million people.

DR Congo can be inside midst of an Ebola outbreak that will began last August as well as has already become the second-deadliest inside country’s history, infecting nearly 2,500 people as well as killing more than 1,0. The regional capital of Goma, which borders Rwanda, has been preparing for Ebola’s possible arrival for months, setting up hand-washing stations as well as instructing mototaxi drivers not to share helmets.

Spreading south

The outbreak that will began last year originated more than 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Goma, however the virus has been gradually moving south. Health officials have had difficulty containing Ebola inside country’s more rural areas, where regional violence as well as a distrust of authorities has made work particularly difficult.

The infected individual with the case reported on Sunday contracted the virus in Butembo, 0 kilometers to the north, where he interacted with Ebola patients. He developed symptoms last week before taking a bus to Goma. He then went to a clinic inside city as well as tested positive for Ebola.

“Due to the speed with which the patient has been identified as well as isolated, as well as the identification of all bus passengers by Butembo, the risk of spreading to the rest of the city of Goma remains low,” the Congolese Health Ministry said.

Ebola causes hemorrhagic fever, diarrhea as well as vomiting. An outbreak of the virus in West Africa between 2013 as well as 2016 killed more than 11,000 people.

(Reuters, AP)

Congo-Kinshasa: First Case of Ebola Reported in City of Goma, Near Rwanda Border

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