DRC Ebola Outbreak Hits City of 2 Million

Ebola has reached Goma, a city of 2 million people, marking a dreaded milestone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's outbreak, AP reports. And in Beni, 2 Ebola workers were murdered this weekend, reportedly by local attackers who envied their jobs in the outbreak response, H5N1 blog reports.
 
The patient is a pastor who traveled to Goma by bus from Butembo after visiting 7 churches where he lays hands on parishioners. He immediately went to a health center with symptoms. The case was identified quickly and officials are hopeful that this is an isolated patient; they urged residents to remain calm but vigilant.
 
Many of Goma’s hospitals are “practically walking distance” from the Rwandan city of Gisenyi, creating a serious challenge for border officials, notes Crawford Kilian in H5N1.

"It's unsetting," STAT's Helen Branswell tweeted, "But importations don't necessarily mean disaster — see the recent cases in Uganda."

At a WHO-convened meeting still underway this am, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced plans to reconvene the UN expert committee to decide whether the current outbreak warrants being declared a global emergency, reports ABC.—something it has declined to do 3 times so far.

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