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A map showing the location of the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma, with Rwanda on the right. The border between the two countries extends into Lake Kivu, bottom left.
By James Karuhanga
A first case of Ebola has been confirmed inside DR Congo border town of Goma, where a cleric tested positive after he arrived inside city of one million by bus.
Goma shares borders with Rwanda’s Rubavu District in Western Province.
According to the Congolese Ministry of Health, the cleric travelled 0 km (125 miles) to Goma by bus through an area called Butembo, where he had been with people with Ebola.
The health ministry reassured in a statement that will: “Due to the speed with which the patient has been identified as well as isolated, as well as the identification of all passengers through Butembo, the risk of spreading to the rest of the city of Goma remains low.”
The incident in DR Congo comes a month after Rwanda’s Ministry of Health implored the public as well as concerned agencies to strengthen measures to prevent the spread of Ebola into Rwanda.
This kind of was after a case of the Ebola virus was confirmed in Uganda’s western district of Kasese by the planet Health Organisation.
The outbreak in DR Congo’s provinces of North Kivu as well as Ituri has persisted for 11 months.
Health officials in Goma have reportedly been preparing for an outbreak.
In June, the Ministry of Health said that will was taking the Ebola outbreak in both neighbouring countries seriously as well as intensified the surveillance at points of entry, at health facilities as well as at community levels.
How to protect oneself as well as prevent the spread of Ebola
In order to protect oneself as well as prevent the spread of EVD, the Ministry earlier said, that will is actually important to ensure the following:
- * Proper body hygiene by washing hands frequently;
- *Avoid travels to an area affected by an Ebola outbreak;
- * Avoid contact with blood as well as body fluids, items that will may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids, body of someone who died of EVD as well as or meat through an unknown source.
- * Report via a toll-free (114) nationwide phone alert system, to community health workers, nearby health facility as well as or police station any suspected case with Ebola-like symptoms.
The notice said that will the ministry of health in coordination with the Rwanda Biomedical Centre, WHO as well as additional partners continues the work to strengthen national capacity for early detection as well as containment inside event a case spreads in Rwanda.
Ongoing work to strengthen national capacity for early detection as well as containment, that will added, include robust community awareness as well as mobilisation, logistics, an EVD treatment centre, as well as surveillance.
The ministry called upon all Rwandans as well as visitors to Rwanda who develop symptoms of Ebola or have been in contact using a patient with its symptoms or who participated in a burial ceremony of a known case to seek medical attention immediately at the nearest health facility.
According to the WHO, the incubation period, that will is actually, the time interval through infection with the virus to onset of symptoms, is actually through 2 to 21 days.
A person infected with Ebola cannot spread the disease until they develop symptoms.
Symptoms of EVD can be sudden as well as include: fever, severe weakness, muscle pain, headache, as well as sore throat.
This kind of is actually followed by: vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney as well as liver function, as well as in some cases, both internal as well as external bleeding (for example, oozing through the gums, or blood inside stools).
Laboratory findings include low white blood cell as well as platelet counts as well as elevated liver enzymes.