UPDATED: First Ebola case in Congo city of Goma detected, two aid workers killed

epa06727345 (FILE) - A Liberian health worker in a burial squad drags an Ebola victim's body for cremation from the ELWA treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, 13 October 2014 (reissued 11 May 2018). The World Health Organization (WHO) on 10 May 2018 said that 32 Ebola virus disease cases, including 18 deaths, were reported from Bikoro health zone, Equateur province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, of which were two confirmed, 18 probable and 12 suspected cases. EPA-EFE/AHMED JALLANZO

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The first case of Ebola in the eastern Congo city of Goma was discovered on Sunday, officials said, raising concerns the virus could spread quicker in a densely populated area close to the Rwandan border.

Goma, a lakeside city of 1 million people, is more than 350 km south of where the second-largest Ebola outbreak on record was first detected a year ago. But the haemorrhagic fever has gradually spread south, infecting nearly 2,500 people and killing more than 1,600.

The patient was a priest who became infected during a visit to the town of Butembo, 200 km north of Goma, where he interacted with Ebola patients, Congo’s health ministry said in a statement.

In the meantime, unidentified attackers killed two Ebola health workers in eastern Congo over the weekend, the latest in a string of assaults that have hobbled efforts to contain the second largest ever outbreak of the deadly virus, the health ministry said.

The two people, who were community workers near Mukulia in North Kivu province, had been receiving threats since December and one had already been attacked, the ministry said.



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