- Title: Second Ebola case detected in eastern Congo's main city
- Date: 30th July 2019
- Summary: GOMA, DRC (JULY 30, 2019) (REUTERS) JEAN JACQUES MUYEMBE, EPIDEMIOLOGIST IN CHARGE OF EBOLA RESPONSE TEAMS, SITTING AT TABLE (CENTRE) EBOLA RESPONSE TEAM MEMBERS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (French) NORTH KIVU PROVINCIAL MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, VALERIEN MBALIKWIRAND, SAYING "Since July 14, 2019, the city of Goma had detected the first case of the Ebola virus MVE (Ebola Virus Illness), which until now has not led to a secondary cases (there were no Ebola cases as a direct result of the first one). The response teams have just detected and isolated a second case today, July 30, 2019, and a priori with no link to the first case." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE SITTING AT THE NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (French) EPIDEMIOLOGIST IN CHARGE OF EBOLA RESPONSE TEAMS, JEAN JACQUES MUYEMBE, SAYING: "We are taking all necessary precautions in order to hospitalise this case here in Goma and, tomorrow, therapeutic molecules will be sent from Beni with a specialist to take charge of this sick person. We already have response teams in the field to first of all disinfect the victim's home and also the health centre through which he passed. We have already established a list of high risk contacts and as early as tomorrow we will start to compile a list of contacts, and as early as tomorrow these contacts will be vaccinated with the vaccine we have here." VARIOUS OF RESPONSE TEAM MEMBERS CONFERRING
- Embargoed: 13th August 2019 23:28
- Keywords: DRC Ebola Goma Ebola centre outbreak virus Valerien Mbalikwirand Jean Jacques Muyembe
- Location: GOMA, DRC
- City: GOMA, DRC
- Country: Congo, Democratic Republic of the
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001APZ1IRR
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- Story Text: A second case of Ebola was detected in the eastern Congolese city of Goma on Tuesday (July 30), the Provincial Minister of North Kivu, Valerien Mbalikwirand, said.
The case increases concern the virus could establish a foothold in the densely populated area close to the Rwandan border.
Goma's first Ebola case was detected in mid-July, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to warn that the spread of the disease could accelerate. The epidemic has killed more than 1,700 people since it was declared almost a year ago, becoming the second-worst outbreak on record.
The latest person with the disease started developing symptoms on July 22, after arriving from a mining area outside the city, a health official said.
Health officials believe the patient, a man, is not connected to the first case in Goma.
The epidemiologist in charge of the Ebola response team, Jean Jacques Muyembe, said response teams began de-contaminating the areas where the patient had passed through and that vaccinations would start tomorrow.
"We already have response teams in the field to first of all disinfect the victims' home and also the health centre through which he passed. We have already established a list of high risk contacts and as early as tomorrow we will start to compile a list of contacts, and as early as tomorrow these contacts will be vaccinated with the vaccine we have here," Muyembe said.
He said, unlike the first case, the latest patient will be able to receive appropriate treatment in Goma as a facility has been opened in the city, which is more than 350 kilometres (220 miles) south of where the outbreak was first detected.
Goma has been preparing for Ebola to arrive in the city for a year, setting up hand-washing stations and making sure moto-taxi drivers do not share helmets.
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