First сase of Ebola detected in DRC Goma City

Mon 15 Jul 2019 05:20 GMT | 09:20 Local Time

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The Congolese Health Ministry said in a press release on Sunday that the first case of Ebola virus has been detected in the Goma city more than 350 km (220 miles) away from where the pandemic had originated a year ago, Sputnik reports.


The infected man is a priest who was exposed to frequent tactile contact with infected people during sermons. He displayed symptoms a day before taking a bus from Butembo to Goma, according to the ministry.

"Upon his arrival in Goma this morning, he went to the health centre to continue the treatment. The health centre staff and doctors have recognized the symptoms of Ebola and immediately alerted the emergency team which then transferred him to the Ebola Treatment Center. Fifteen hours later, he tested positive for Ebola," the press release said.

The ministry added that the early detection and timely quarantine, as well as the mandatory treatment of the priest's fellow bus passenger, have reduced the risk of further Ebola spread in Goma.

The Ebola virus is transmitted from human to human through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. The WHO estimates it to have a 50 percent fatality rate.

Ebola is named after the DRC's Ebola River, near which the virus was discovered by Belgian microbiologist Peter Piot and his team in 1976. The current outbreak in the DRC began in July 2018.

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