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The World Health Organization (WHO) said the case could be a "game-changer" given the city's population of more than two million. But the WHO expressed confidence in plans to deal with the diagnosis.
The Ebola virus has reached the Congolese city of Goma, a major transit hub that is home to more than 1 million people on the Rwandan border.
The case, which was confirmed Sunday by the country's Ministry of Health, has raised fears that the virus could make its way across the porous border into still-uninfected Rwanda -- something health experts have been working desperately to prevent.
The ministry announced Sunday that a sick pastor had arrived in the regional center by bus from the northeastern city of Butembo, where the virus first struck last September.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
“It is time for the world to take notice and redouble our efforts. We need to work together in solidarity with the DRC to end this outbreak and build a better health system,” said Dr. Tedros.
Would love for the anti-vax people to come upon a truly existential reality. I would bet you dollars to donuts their tune would change suddenly!
The Emergency Committee of experts who convened to assess the state of the outbreak today ultimately determined that the risk of Ebola’s spread “remains very high at national and regional levels but still low at a global level.”
I am ridiculing the notion that the idea of not vaxxing is a bad idea!
A “face the firing squad” is what Camus wrote about in The Plague. It is about the facing of death when the Black Plague runs through a city.
originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
a reply to: LookingAtMars
Live or die. Vax or not.
Olivia Ajira Kwinja, World Vision’s Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Manager in the DRC, told Daily Star Online the disease needed to be tackled at a local level to stop it.
But she also gave a terrifying warning about how far the disease could spread.
She told us: "We are looking to stop this disease because we know what it can produce.
"But there is always the chance of someone getting on a plane."
Mortality rates for people contracting Ebola are 50%, making it one of the deadliest diseases in the world.
The current outbreak has spread countries in Africa, but if an infected person were to get on a plane, it could even spread continents.