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Congo Officials: First Ebola Case Confirmed in City of Goma

Case raising fears that Ebola outbreak in Congo could make its way into Rwanda

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MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The first case of Ebola in the city of Goma has been confirmed, Democratic Republic of Congo officials said Sunday.

Goma is a city of more than 1 million people located on the border with Rwanda. The case raises fears that the Ebola outbreak in Congo could now make its way into Rwanda, which has remained free of the deadly virus, CNN reported.

Congo officials said an Ebola-infected person arrived in Goma by bus from the northeastern city of Butembo, where Ebola first struck last September. The bus driver and the other 18 passengers were located and taken to a treatment center and will be vaccinated on Monday.

Since the outbreak began in the central African nation last August, 2,489 cases have been reported and there have been 1,665 deaths, according to the Congo Ministry of Health, CNN reported.

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