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Ebola: Second case in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo



"Sad news from Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo – the second Ebola case has been confirmed," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the organization, on Twitter.

Health officials have been worrying about the arrival of Ebola in the city for months. According to Ghebreyesus, Goma is home to a highly mobile population of more than 1 million people, which increases the risk of spreading the disease.

"This is an event we were expecting, which is why we have been doing intensive preparatory work in Goma so that every new case can be immediately identified and answered," he said.

More than 5,000 health workers have been vaccinated against Ebola in the city, and health centers have been trained and equipped to improve infection prevention and control

Checks at border crossings have been stepped up, and the airport has become a 24th -Hours monitoring performed, added Ghebreyesus.

The WHO declared the recent Ebola outbreak on June 17, a day that diagnosed international health emergency after the first person was diagnosed in Goma. This patient was a pastor who had left South Kivu to evangelize in Butembo, a center of the current Ebola outbreak.

Ghebreyesus said there is no indication that the person affected by the disease is related to the first case.

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The rare but deadly Ebola virus disease can Cause fever. Among other headaches, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea and unexplained bleeding. The virus was first identified in 1976 when outbreaks occurred near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Scientists believe that the virus first infected humans through close contact with an infected animal, such as a bat, and then spread from human to human.

The virus spreads between humans through direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person, including infected blood, feces or vomit, or through direct contact with contaminated objects such as needles and syringes.

The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo According to the WHO, it is the second deadliest event in history, surpassed by just one human being in 2014 in West Africa.

CNN's Madison Park contributed to this report.


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