Ebola case confirmed in eastern Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the city of Goma.

Vaccinations against virus have started in Goma after the first case of the virus was identified. It sparked alert among health officials and raising the danger of a rapid increase in transmission rates.

According WHO emergencies chief Mike Ryan, health workers had identified 60 contacts, including 18 who were on the bus with the individual, and half of them have been vaccinated.

The Ebola virus, which has killed more than 1,650 people since August 2018, could spread more quickly in the densely populated area close to the Rwandan border.

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