Officers in Congo on Tuesday mentioned a second Ebola case had been confirmed in Goma, the town of more than 2 million folks whose first confirmed case in this yearlong outbreak was reported earlier this month. There seemed to be no link between the person’s case and the previous one in Goma, Jean-Jacques Muyembe, a local Ebola response coordinator, instructed reporters.
The affected person arrived on July 13 from a mining area in northeastern Congo’s Ituri province and began showing signs on July 22. He’s now isolated at an Ebola treatment center. Ebola signs can begin to happen between two and 21 days from infection, health specialists say. Goma is on Congo’s heavily traveled border with Rwanda and has an international airport. For months health officers had feared that an Ebola case could be confirmed there. Days after the first Goma case was introduced, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak an uncommon global emergency. This has change into the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in historical past, with more than 1,700 folks killed despite the widespread use of an experimental however effective Ebola vaccine. Containing the outbreak faces unprecedented challenges amid attacks by rebel teams and resistance by wary community residents in an area of Congo that had never experienced an Ebola outbreak before. Muyembe and different officers on Tuesday sought to reassure both Goma residents and neighboring nations that measures were being taken to strengthen surveillance for Ebola at border posts and elsewhere. Neighboring Rwanda, Uganda, and South Sudan started vaccinating health employees weeks or months in the past.