Officials on Sunday July 14th announced the discovery of the first case of Ebola in the east of Dr Congo, in the city of Goma, raising fears that the virus could spread faster in a densely populated area near Rwanda's border, Reuters has reported.
Goma, with a population of about one million people, is by a lake and is located more than 350 kilometres south of a site where the second largest outbreak of Ebola was discovered a year ago. However, the deadly disease has gradually spread southwards to infect almost 2,500 people and kill more than 1,600.
The extent of the patient's involvement with others in Goma or the amount of time he spent in the city was unclear, officials said. A spokesperson for the Health Ministry said the ministry was still trying to find out the details.
"It’s a case from Butembo," 200 kilometres north of the capital, said Richard Ketengi, head of the Ebola response team in Goma, adding that the patient would be taken to Butembo for treatment.