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2nd confirmed Ebola case in Congo’s city of Goma dies

Second Ebola case confirmed Second Ebola case confirmed in Congo border city
Gustavo Carr | 01 August, 2019, 08:43

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have confirmed a second Ebola case in the city of Goma, which sits on the Congo-Rwandan border, according to CNN.

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Over a week ago, the WHO called the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), urging the international community to step up its support. The latest wave has already killed 1,790 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while local distrust of medical efforts and attacks by militant groups have hampered attempts to counter the outbreak.

However, some health workers say besides resources a new approach is needed to combat misunderstandings in the community.

Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the new head of the country's Ebola response team, told reporters on Tuesday night that the latest patient is a man from a mining area in northeastern Ituri province.

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.

A health worker wearing a protective suit walks out of an isolation cube after visiting a patient at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Congo.

The mortality rate is about 50 percent for Ebola, which can spread to humans from wild animals like fruit bats, porcupines and non-human primates.

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The confirmation of the second case has become a game-changer, endorsing the call for a global alert on the disease by the World Health Organisation.

WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, on his Twitter handle on Wednesday, said: "Sad news coming from Goma, #DRC - the second #Ebola case has been confirmed".

The first confirmed Ebola case in Goma was a 46-year-old preacher who managed to pass through three health checkpoints on the way from Butembo.

Ebola is affecting two provinces of Congo - North Kivu and Ituri.

"He may not even have been aware of the exposure that he had", Ryan said, adding that the man's potential contacts were being identified and given an experimental but effective Ebola vaccine.

Symptoms can be sudden and include: fever, severe weakness, muscle pain, headache, and sore throat. It's transmittable through direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids.

"In the past year, there have been more than 2,600 confirmed cases, including more than 1,800 deaths in parts of Ituri and North Kivu provinces".

Correction: This article has been revised to reflect that Tamfum leads the national Ebola response team, not WHO's Ebola response team. Nearly one in three "cases" is a child.