Second death confirmed in DR Congo border city of Goma

Second case of Ebola confirmed in DR Congo's Goma

Second case of Ebola confirmed in DR Congo's Goma

A second person has died of Ebola in Goma in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), near Gisenyi on the Rwandan side, health officials confirmed Wednesday.The death occured as Rwandan health officials on Wednesday issued a warning following the detection of the second Ebola case in Goma.

Goma, a lakeside city of more than two million people close to the Rwanda border, had already brought in infection prevention and control measures in anticipation of the arrival of the virus.

Ebola, a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates caused by ebolaviruses, has raised alerts in the past weeks with other bodies including the religit communities cancelling events in the DRC.

The IRC has been responding to the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu since its declaration in August past year working in more than 70 health facilities throughout Beni, Mabalako, Butembo and Goma and leading on infection prevention and control (IPC).

Ebola is affecting two provinces of Congo - North Kivu and Ituri.

Experts say Ebola symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-21 days after contact with the virus, with an average of 8-10 days but many common illnesses can have these same symptoms, including influenza or malaria.

Muyembe, in announcing Goma's second case, told reporters that the man's house and the health center he first visited were being disinfected. "The Ministry of Health has Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) comprised of different cadres at National, Central and District Hospitals who are equipped to effectively deal with Ebola cases", he adds.

There are also fears of the disease spreading to the neighbouring country, Rwanda, as it shares a border with Goma.

The first death from Ebola in Goma, reported on July 16, sparked a wave of concern.

Over a week ago, the WHO called the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), urging the international community to step up its support.

World Health Organization says the risk of regional spread remains "very high". "This is why we have been doing intensive preparedness work in Goma so that any new case is identified and responded to immediately", he said. Fall and Gressley also said there is no evidence the second case is connected to the first. Over 170,000 people have received the vaccine during this outbreak through a "ring vaccination" approach, which targets the contacts of confirmed Ebola patients and frontline workers. "Screenings at border crossings have been reinforced & 24h monitoring implemented at the airport".