2nd confirmed Ebola case in Congo’s city of Goma dies


A Congolese official says the man who became the second confirmed Ebola case in the city of Goma has died.

Ebola response co-ordinator Jean-Jacques Muyembe confirmed the death on Wednesday morning, a day after the case was announced.

Muyembe has said there appears to be no link between the case and the one in Goma that was announced 2½ weeks ago.

It is not immediately clear how the man arrived in Goma on July 13 from a mining area in northeastern Ituri province and what he did after he started showing symptoms on July 22. He was isolated at an Ebola treatment centre on Tuesday.

The second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history was declared a rare global health emergency days after the first Goma case was confirmed.

Goma, a lakeside city more than 350 kilometres south of where Ebola was first detected a year ago, is the largest city to be affected by the outbreak, which has infected more than 2,500 people and killed nearly 1,700.

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