The first Ebola patient in the largest city in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has died according to the authorities.
The spread of the virus to Goma, a city with around 1 million inhabitants and a regional means of transport
The patient was a priest who became infected during a visit to the city of Butembo The Epicentres of the eruption before they took the bus to Goma, Congolese officials said.
He was rushed to a clinic in Butembo by Goma on Monday to be treated after his death, said North Kivu Provincial Governor Carly Nzanzu
The World Health Organization said on Monday that health officials had identified 60 people who had come into contact with the pastor since he fell ill, and half of them had been vaccinated.
Goma, more than 220 miles south of where The Ebola outbreak was first discovered a year ago and is the largest city affected by the eruption. Many of the usable roads in the region run through Goma and are a major hub of air and water transport.
According to government statistics, the disease continues to spread and has infected more than 2,500 people. Nearly 1,700 people died, 700 recovered.
One month ago, three Ebola cases originating in Congo were confirmed in neighboring Uganda. Since then, no new cases have been registered there.
Rwandan authorities demanded serenity. Health Minister Diane Gashumba said 2,600 healthcare workers had been vaccinated. "This Ebola epidemic has now arrived near Rwanda. It's necessary to be more vigilant and avoid unnecessary visits to Goma, "she said.
The pastor became ill last week in Butembo, but decided to travel to Goma in North Kivu province on Sunday. During his stay in Butembo, the 46-year-old regularly held services in seven churches and put his hands on worshipers, including the sick. The Ministry of Health reported .
Officials called on communities to take precautionary measures such as washing their hands and avoiding physical contact with people suspected of being contaminated with the virus.
The number of people moving into or through the zone most affected by Ebola has been a major health challenge. Attacks on health professionals and treatment facilities were also a problem. On Monday, two employees of Ebola consciousness were killed in the affected area.
Several armed groups live in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Fighters of the May-May militia are active near the most affected cities. Health teams have not been able to access areas affected by violence to vaccinate people at risk of infection and to isolate infected patients.
At other times, violence against health teams came from residents who do not want their relatives brought to treatment centers or buried under the Ebola Transmission Reduction Guidelines Rory Stewart, the UK's International Development Minister, said the years of ebola Outbreaks are nearing extinction, and the World Health Organization should declare him an international emergency.
Additional coverage by Ignatius Ssuuna in Goma