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2nd person dies from Ebola in Congo's city of Goma

2nd person dies from Ebola in Congo's city of Goma”

A second case of Ebola in the Congolese border city of Goma was confirmed by the World Health Organization on Wednesday, as WHO and its partners marked the one-year anniversary of an outbreak that has become a public health emergency of worldwide concern (PHEIC).

According to an Associated Press report out of Kinshasa, DRC, the case was in a man in his 40s who had arrived home in Goma on July 13 from a mining area of the DRC's Ituri province.

Muyembe has said there appeared to be no link between the case and the previous one in Goma that was announced two and a half weeks ago.

As Ebola has reportedly killed more than 1,700 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), raising a continental alarm, the Malawi government says there are no travel restrictions set in the wake of the outbreak. Ebola response coordinator Jean-Jacques Muyembe confirmed the death on Wednesday morning, a day after the case was announced.

Late Tuesday, July 30, Congolese officials confirmed the second case in Goma.

August 1 marks one year since the Democratic Republic of the Congo's government declared an Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province, and the country still needs urgent aid from the worldwide community, according to a joint statement from the World Health Organization, the United Nations, UNICEF and the World Food Programme released July 31.

The decision came a few days after the first case of Ebola was detected in Goma.

But WHO's regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said the concern as Ebola enters its second year is that the virus again will spread into one or more of Congo's nine neighboring countries.

However, some health workers say besides resources a new approach is needed to combat misunderstandings in the community.

"The population in Goma.is highly mobile, so this is an event we have anticipated". Fall and Gressley also said there is no evidence the second case is connected to the first.

Health centres have also been provided with training and equipment to improve infection prevention and control.

It says frontline health workers are being vaccinated against the disease, more Ebola treatment centers are being set up, and more than 3,000 health workers are screening people for the virus at major points of entry. We will endeavour to break down the barriers of distrust that are contributing both to the propagation of Ebola and to a potentially increased health impact of other diseases.



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