Wednesday 18 September 2019

New case of Ebola raises fears

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A fourth case of Ebola has been confirmed in the eastern Congo city of Goma, raising fears of an acceleration in infections close to the border with Rwanda.

The new case is the wife of a miner who died of the virus earlier this week and who only sought treatment more than a week after starting to show symptoms, authorities said.

"The individual concerned spent time with his family and spent time very symptomatic within the community. So we did expect further cases," said Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organisation.

One of the couple's daughters has also tested positive. More than 200 people who came into contact with the man have been tracked and 160 of them vaccinated.

Irish Independent

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