World Health Organization has warned on the danger of an Ebola epidemic as the Democratic Republic of Congo authorities call for calm as first case of Ebola haemorrhagic fever is reported in Goma, a populous town in Eastern DRC near the border to Rwanda.
"The risk of spreading the disease in the rest of the city Goma is low as the patient was isolated and transferred to the Goma treatment center upon Ebola arrival", the ministry said on Twitter.
The man was tested "and the results of the laboratory test confirmed that he was positive for Ebola", the ministry said in a statement.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the effort to stop the spread of the disease has received another blow with the news that the first case of Ebola had been detected in the eastern Congolese city of Goma.
The other 18 passengers and the driver will begin getting vaccinations on Monday, it added.
The outbreak, the second most lethal in the history of mankind, arose in the city of Beni and quickly spread to other locations in the province of North Kivu and then to the neighboring province of Ituri.
Almost 700 were cured, and total of 160,239 people have been vaccinated against the highly contagious haemorrhagic fever, it added.
Treatment centers have often been attacked by the myriad militia groups that operate in the region, and many locals were either too scared or too suspicious to seek medical assistance there.
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Ebola has killed more than 1,600 people in DR Congo.
The UN's World Health Organisation (WHO) described the case as a "potential game-changer" and said it would reconvene a key panel to see whether the outbreak required a heightened global response.
At a meeting convened in Geneva by World Health Organization yesterday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the spread of Ebola to Goma was a potential "game-changer".
The ministry said the workers had been receiving death threats for months.
Report via a toll-free (114) nationwide phone alert system, to community health workers, nearby health facility and or police station any suspected case with Ebola-like symptoms. "However, at each checkpoint, he wrote down different family names and forenames on the passenger list, which probably indicates a will to hide his identity and state of health", the ministry said.
A person infected with Ebola can not spread the disease until they develop symptoms.
It will be attended by government ministers from the DR Congo and Britain, senior officials of the World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other United Nations agencies.
Goma is a border city located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu, adjacent to Rwanda. An epidemic between 2013 and 2016 killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa.