Second Ebola case detected in city of Goma, DRC

Second Ebola case detected in city of Goma, DRC

Second Ebola case detected in city of Goma, DRC

Health officials believe the patient, a man, is not connected to the first case in Goma.

WFP/Jacques David An Ebola health worker in protective gear feeds a baby at an Ebola treatment centre in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Reports from DRC journalists and global media outlets said the case was announced at a media briefing where the head of a presidential expert committee, Jean Jacques Muyembe Tamfum, PhD, shared details about the development. This is one week longer than the 21-day incubation period, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms.

This week marked one year since the start of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC that has already killed more than 1,700 people, making it the second worst Ebola outbreak in history. Health officials are still investigating 321 suspected cases.

United Nations agencies, including WFP and the World Health Organization (WHO), are hoping that the designation earlier this month of Ebola as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern will speed up the release of crucial funding to combat it. Containing the outbreak faces unprecedented challenges amid attacks by rebel groups and resistance by wary community residents in a region of Congo that had never experienced an Ebola outbreak before.

A second case of Ebola was detected in the eastern Congolese city of Goma, the Provincial Minister of North Kivu, Valerien Mbalikwirand, said. Neighboring Rwanda, Uganda, and South Sudan started vaccinating health employees weeks or months in the past.

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.

The cameras used for measuring temperature detect people who might have fever and can alert health officials at the entry points, he said, adding that the development helps speed up the process of screening travelers.

"That help us and that help WHO and the Government to have those people coming to the health centers where they receive the food." he said.

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