Second Ebola case detected in eastern Congo's main city


The epidemiologist in charge of the Ebola response team, Jean Jacques Muyembe, said response teams began de-contaminating the areas where the patient had passed through and that vaccinations would start tomorrow.

A man washes his hands after Ebola screening upon entering the General Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 15, 2019.

Goma is on Congo's heavily traveled border with Rwanda and has an worldwide airport.

News website Actualité reports that DR Congo's health ministry confirmed the incident. This has change into the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in historical past, with more than 1,700 folks killed despite the widespread use of an experimental however effective Ebola vaccine.

The World Health Organization (W.H.O) has declared the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a public health emergency of worldwide concern. Containing the outbreak faces unprecedented challenges amid attacks by rebel teams and resistance by wary community residents in an area of Congo that had never experienced an Ebola outbreak before.

Congolese health officials said that "all measures are being taken to strengthen surveillance at points of entry and sanitary control", amid concern the virus could spread to neighbouring countries.

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A second patient died in Goma on Wednesday after he sought treatment too late and was already bleeding, authorities said. He arrived on July 13 from a mining area in northeastern Congo's Ituri province and started showing symptoms on July 22.

Verhoosel says WFP urgently needs $50 million over the next six months to carry out its operation in conflict-ridden North Kivu and Ituri provinces, as well as in neighboring Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. World Health Organization says the risk of regional spread remains "very high".

So far, there have been more than 2,500 cases of infection.

The declaration of a global health emergency - the fifth in history - brought a surge of millions of dollars in new pledges by worldwide donors but some health workers say a new approach is needed to combat misunderstandings in the community.

There is no licensed treatment for Ebola and survival can depend on seeking treatment as quickly as possible.

Health officials believe the patient, a man, is not connected to the first case in Goma.

Earlier this week, the World Bank announced the mobilization of $300 million to scale up support for the global response to the Ebola epidemic in the DR Congo.