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Second Ebola case detected in eastern Congo’s main city

Second Ebola case detected in eastern Congo’s main city”

Authorities confirmed Tuesday evening a second positive case of the Ebola virus in Goma, capital of the province of North Kivu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The World Health Organization said Congo's Ebola crisis is now the second-worst in history.

A health worker wearing a protective suit walks out of an isolation cube after visiting a patient at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Congo.

The latest person with the disease started developing symptoms on July 22, after arriving from a mining area outside the city, the health official quoted the head of Congo's Ebola response team, Jean-Jacques Muyembe, as saying in an official statement.

Goma is on Congo's heavily traveled border with Rwanda and has an global airport.

Two weeks ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola crisis in the DRC a public health emergency of worldwide concern.

The Ebola virus is highly contagious and has an average fatality rate of about 50 percent, although an experimental but effective Ebola vaccine has been rolled out.

Muyembe and other officials on Tuesday sought to reassure both Goma residents and neighboring countries that measures were being taken to strengthen surveillance for Ebola at border posts and elsewhere.

The WHO has said there is a "very high" chance the outbreak spreads across region.

The declaration of a global health emergency - the fifth in history - brought a surge of millions of dollars in new pledges by worldwide donors but some health workers say a new approach is needed to combat misunderstandings in the community. The epidemic has killed more than 1,700 people since it was declared nearly a year ago, becoming the second-worst Ebola outbreak on record.



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