The Ebola virus has arrived the Congolese city of Goma, a serious transit hub that’s home to greater than 1 million people on the Rwandan border.
The case, which was confirmed Sunday by the nation’s Ministry of Health, has raised fears that the virus might make its means across the porous border into still-uninfected Rwanda — one thing health specialists have been working desperately to prevent.
The ministry introduced Sunday that a sick pastor had arrived within the regional center by bus from the northeastern city of Butembo, where the virus first struck last September.
Authorities stated that they had tracked down all the passengers on the bus and the driver.
As a result of the speed by which the patient was rapidly isolated and transferred to an Ebola remedy center, the chance of the disease spreading in Goma was low, the ministry stated. The bus driver and the 18 other passengers shall be vaccinated on Monday.
Since the latest outbreak started within the Democratic Republic of Congo last August, the virus has ravaged the northeastern provinces of North Kivu — where Goma and Butembo are located — and neighboring Ituri.
A complete of 2,489 cases have been reported within the central African nation, killing a total of 1,665 individuals, in accordance with the Ministry of Health.
Health officials and aid organizations have dreaded Ebola’s arrival in Goma for months, and have been working to prepare for the eventuality — which is partly why the case was instantly caught and isolated.
Earlier this year, unknown assailants destroyed Ebola treatment facilities in Butembo. In April, a World Health Group epidemiologist was killed in an attack on the College Hospital. In whole there have been 130 attacks on health facilities between January and mid-May, causing four deaths and injuring 38.
All of the whereas, the virus continues to spread — in June, it made the long-feared bounce across the DRC border to neighboring Uganda, though at this stage those isolated cases appear to be contained.