Congolese authorities were racing to contain an Ebola epidemic after a gold miner with a large family contaminated several people in the east’s main city of Goma before dying of the haemorrhagic fever, officials said.
The Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and its spread to the dense population centre of Goma, underscores a real risk of a spike in the disease, perhaps beyond the country’s borders.
A second person has died of Ebola in the eastern Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) city of Goma, a major transport hub, the country’s point man for the epidemic told AFP on Wednesday.
So far, 1,790 people have died of the dreaded haemorrhagic virus since the first cases were recorded on August 1 last year.
A senior WHO official, Mike Ryan says the United States could bolster the battle against the Ebola virus in the DRC by allowing more of its experts to travel to the outbreak zone.