New Ebola case diagnosed in DR Congo's Goma: health official
New Ebola case diagnosed in DR Congo's Goma: health official
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31 July, 2019, 11:06
One-year after the beginning of the complex outbreak in the volatile eastern part of the DRC - and ten days since the "alarming confirmation of a first case in Goma, the region's biggest city, with some two million people" - WFP's Spokesperson Herve Verhoosel said that the United Nations agency is "stepping up preparations for a potential further escalation of the epidemic".
He arrived on July 13 from a mining area in northeastern Congo's Ituri province and started showing symptoms on July 22.
It also recently increased the number of Ebola screeners at the borders with DRC working in shifts to screen all travellers entering the country, he said.
Health officials believe the patient, a man, is not connected to the first case in Goma. Ebola signs can begin to happen between two and 21 days from infection, health specialists say.
Goma is on Congo's heavily travelled border with Rwanda and has an global airport.
About 12 cameras have so far been installed at selected entry points including some border posts with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Kigali International Airport, and more are to be installed, Malick Kayumba, Head of Rwanda Health Communication Center at Rwanda Biomedical Center, told Xinhua in a phone interview.
The ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC has already killed more than 1,700 people, said UNICEF.
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In other outbreak developments, the DRC reported 16 new cases yesterday, signaling a steady rise in cases and boosting the outbreak total to 2,687, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) online Ebola dashboard. 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.
A Congolese health official said all measures have been put in place to ensure that the case is taken care of in Goma.
The WHO has said there is a "very high" chance the outbreak spreads across region.
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.
According to estimates, expected new contacts are at roughly 50 per case, which equals a total of 75,000 contacts in the next five months.
So far, UNICEF has vaccinated more than 40,000 children against measles, but a massive scale-up was needed to protect them from various health risks.
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