Second Ebola case confirmed on border with Rwanda

epaselect epa07546859 A health worker gets dressed in protective medical garments at an Ebola transit centre in Beni in North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 04 May 2019. The death toll from the latest Ebola outbreak which began in Agusut 2018 has risen to more than 1,000, according to the country's Ministry of Public Health. The ministry said in its latest update on 03 May that there has been 1,008 deaths from 1,463 confirmed cases since August 2018. Volatile security situations in the region is hampering the effort to contain the disease in the vast central African nation. EPA-EFE/HUGH KINSELLA CUNNINGHAM

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A second case of Ebola has been detected on Democratic Republic of Congo’s border with Rwanda, raising fears the deadly illness could spread.

The case was confirmed in the city of Goma, home to two million people, authorities said.

More than 1,600 people have died of Ebola in DR Congo since the outbreak began in August 2018.

The World Health Organization last week declared the crisis a global health emergency.

It is the highest level of alarm the WHO can sound and has only been used four times previously – including the Ebola epidemic that devastated parts of West Africa from 2014 to 2016, and killed more than 11,000 people.

 

Via BBC /France 24

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