Credit: France 24

The first Ebola case has been reported in Goma, DRC, for the first time in this town close Rwanda in the North West.

Reuters confirmed, the patient was a priest who was diagnosed with the virus while visiting the town on Sunday.

The patient was a priest who became infected during a visit to the town of Butembo, 200 km (124 miles) north of Goma, where he interacted with Ebola patients, Congo’s health ministry said in a statement.

“Due to the speed with which the patient has been identified and isolated, as well as the identification of all bus passengers from Butembo, the risk of spreading to the rest of the city of Goma remains low,” the ministry said.

Reuters adds that the priest developed symptoms last week before taking a bus to Goma on Friday. When he arrived in Goma on Sunday he went to a clinic where he tested positive for Ebola.

The pastor had in Goma from Butembo where he had travelled 200 kilometers and had been living with Ebola people.

Fears are mounting that the deadly virus could spread to neighbouring countries such as Burundi, Uganda and Rwanda.

DRC is already battling with the Ebola virus for almost one year, with hundreds reported to have been dead from the virus.

Goma, a lakeside city of 1 million people, is more than 350 km (220 miles) south of where the second-largest Ebola outbreak on record was first detected a year ago.

But the hemorrhagic fever has gradually spread south, infecting nearly 2,500 people and killing more than 1,600.




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