CONGO has confirmed first Ebola case in the city of Goma, home to more than 2 Congolese Health Ministry announced late Sunday that the person with the confirmed case is a pastor who had been in the town of Butembo.
The regional capital in eastern Congo borders neighboring Rwanda, which has been preparing for possible cases since an outbreak began nearly a year ago.
The announcement marks a serious escalation of Congo’s Ebola crisis. The outbreak that started last August already is the second deadliest in history.
More than 1,600 people in eastern Congo have died as the virus has spread in areas too dangerous for health teams to access. There is an experimental vaccine, but it hasn’t been universally accepted by people in the region.