Japanese woman who visited DR Congo tested for Ebola

File The WHO said the seven comprising a woman and six of the man's children had now been taken back from Birava to Goma

File The WHO said the seven comprising a woman and six of the man's children had now been taken back from Birava to Goma

The Japan Ministry of Health reported (computer translated) that a woman suspected of contracting Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), has tested negative for the virus. Goma, a city of almost 2 million people bordering Rwanda, is the capital of North Kivu Province, the region worst hit by the year-long epidemic that has killed more than 1,800 people and infected thousands more.

"The gold miner will have contaminated several people, but for the moment it is only his wife and one of his 10 children who are sick", the government's Ebola response coordinator Jean-Jacques Muyembe told a news conference in Goma. Their family members were taken back to Congo for treatment.

Health officials have also directed Kenyans to use designated border points while interacting with persons from the suspect countries who might be trying to access the country.

The Ebola virus can spread quickly and be fatal in up to 90% of cases.

Ugandan researchers said the new trial is expected to last two years and will test how long any protection from Ebola would last.

The spread of the disease to Goma in mid-July prompted the WHO to declare the outbreak an worldwide health emergency.

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According to the United Nations agency, the risk of transmission of the disease into countries that share borders with DRC, including Rwanda, has been classified as "very high" after the city of Goma has reported its first case in the middle of July, from a pastor who travelled to the city after his symptoms began in Butembo, and outbreak response teams have been intensively following the man's contacts during the 21-day monitoring period.

It was earlier reluctant to do so, partly out of fear neighbouring countries might impose disruptive trade or travel restrictions.

The Ebola virus causes fever, vomiting and severe diarrhoea, often followed by kidney and liver failure, and internal and external bleeding.

This week marked one year since the start of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the DRC that has already killed more than 1,700 people, making it the second worst Ebola outbreak in history.

The WHO says this vaccine is confirmed protected and effective in opposition to Ebola, but that extra testing is still wished for it to be licensed.

The Security Council called for an immediate end to hostilities among armed groups whose activities compromise the Ebola response, and for an end to attacks on health and humanitarian workers.

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