2nd confirmed Ebola case in Congo's city of Goma dies

DR Congo: efforts to control Ebola epidemic continue, UN food relief agency doubles assistance to affected people

DR Congo: efforts to control Ebola epidemic continue, UN food relief agency doubles assistance to affected people

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - A second case of Ebola was detected on Tuesday within the japanese Congolese metropolis of Goma, an area well being official stated, rising concern the virus might set up a foothold within the densely populated space near the Rwandan border.

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.

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

A man washes his hands after Ebola screening upon entering the General Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 15, 2019.

According to a local health official, the latest person with the disease started developing symptoms on July 22, after arriving from a mining area outside the city.

Goma's first Ebola case was detected in mid-July, prompting the World Well being Group (WHO) to warn that the unfold of the illness might speed up.

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"This Ebola response is far more complex because it is in an active conflict zone", Jerome Pfaffman a health specialist with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said at a UN briefing here.

One-year after the beginning of the complex outbreak in the volatile eastern part of the DRC - and ten days since the "alarming confirmation of a first case in Goma, the region's biggest city, with some two million people" - WFP's Spokesperson Herve Verhoosel said that the United Nations agency is "stepping up preparations for a potential further escalation of the epidemic".

The WFP spokesman says the operation is running into some problems of acceptance because of community mistrust.

As the EVD outbreak continues to spread, relief actors have bolstered EVD preparedness activities in eastern DRC and the neighboring countries of Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda.

The Ebola death toll in DR Congo has risen to 1,790.

"In the next six months, WFP plans to scale up and almost double its food assistance and nutritional support to 440,000 Ebola-affected people in DRC", said the WFP spokesperson.

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