Ebola In The Congo

The second case of Ebola has been detected in the eastern Congolese city of Goma, increasing fears the virus could establish a foothold in the densely populated area close to the Rwandan border.

A Congolese health official said all measures have been put in place to ensure that the case is taken care of in Goma.

Goma’s first Ebola case was detected in mid-July, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to warn that the spread of the disease could accelerate.

The epidemic has killed more than 1,700 people since it was declared almost a year ago, becoming the second-worst outbreak on record.

Health officials believe the patient, a man, started developing symptoms on July 22 after arriving from outside the city.

The man is not suspected to be connected to the first case in Goma.

Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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