Tuesday, July 16, 2019

First Confirmed Case Of Ebola In A Major City In Congo

The Congolese city Goma is around 180 miles (300km) south of Butembo, with a population of more than one million people. Cases continue to soar in Beni, Butembo, Katwa, Mabalako and Mandima, where the outbreak is centered

Daily Mail: Ebola outbreak in the Congo spreads to a new city where one MILLION people live in the epidemic that has killed 1,600

* Health ministers confirmed a pastor was infected after visiting Butembo
* They raced to find and vaccinate other travellers on his bus
* It has been feared since the outbreak began that Ebola would reach Goma
* Authorities have urged calm amid more armed attacks on treatment centres
* Two health workers have been murdered after months of threats

Ebola has spread to the Congolese city of Goma, which has a population of more than a million people, as the virus continues to devastate the region.

The victim is a pastor who had arrived in the city by bus after visiting Butembo, a town around 200miles (320km) north in the centre of the outbreak.

He had been preaching at a church where he would have touched worshippers 'including the sick', the country's health ministry said on Sunday.

Authorities have urged people to remain calm after the government said the chances of the virus spreading were 'low'.

But tensions are high and two health workers were murdered in their homes over the weekend.

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WNU Editor: The region is also suffering from a major measles epidemic .... Measles is killing more people in the DRC than Ebola—and faster (Ars Technica).

More News On The First Confirmed Case Of Ebola In A Major City In Congo

The Latest: US, EU promise support to tackle Ebola -- AP
Ebola in DR Congo: Case confirmed in Goma -- BBC
Pastor confirmed with Ebola as disease spreads in DR Congo -- AFP
Ebola Outbreak Reaches Major City in Congo, Renewing Calls for Emergency Order -- The New York Times
First Ebola case discovered in DRC's Goma city, home to 2 million people -- The Independent
Ebola virus outbreak: Infected pastor brings 1st case to crowded Congo city of Goma -- CBS
Ebola: DR Congo confirms first case in city of Goma on border with Rwanda -- CNN
Ebola outbreak fears after deadly virus found in DR Congo city of Goma for first time -- SCMP
Ebola case in Congo's Goma is a possible gamechanger, says WHO -- The National

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