Japanese woman tested for possible Ebola virus infection in Tokyo

Japanese woman tested for possible Ebola virus infection in Tokyo

"A total of 12 people from various centres on the outskirts (of Goma) are undergoing testing after the response team triggered the alert protocol", it said in a statement.

PCR testing for Ebola by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases was negative, as was testing for malaria.

Ebola has taken another life in the City of Goma, a massive transit hub in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Congolese authorities were left scrambling to contain the outbreak last week after a gold miner with a large family contaminated several people, including his wife and daughter, before dying of the haemorrhagic fever. His wife, also infected, and the young girl were in stable condition on Saturday, the presidency said.

Already more than 180,000 people in Congo's yearlong outbreak have received an experimental but effective Merck vaccine, but health experts worry about the availability of doses as the virus now spreads in a major city, Goma, along the Rwanda border.

The city of Goma reported its first case in the middle of July from a pastor who travelled to the city after his symptoms began in Butembo, and outbreak response teams have been intensively following the man's contacts during the 21-day monitoring period.

Mr Muyembe added that an estimated half of cases of Ebola were going unidentified.

"If we continue on that basis, this epidemic could last two or three years", he told a news conference in Goma.


Other countries in the region fear the virus will jump across borders if left unchecked.

Mozambique has yet to report any Ebola cases, but is concerned by a possible spread of the disease to the DR Congo's neighbouring countries.

Two people have died of Ebola in Uganda, which also shares a border with the poverty-struck nation. "So we did expect further cases and we are seeing further cases", Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organisation (WHO), which declared Ebola an global health emergency last month, told journalists in Geneva.

Ebola is an acute and severe viral disease, characterized by the sudden onset of fever, muscle aches, vomiting, and diarrhea and bleeding in the body orifices.

People can be infected with Ebola either through contact with infected animals or through contact with bodily fluids from infected humans.

The Security Council called for an immediate end to hostilities among armed groups whose activities compromise the Ebola response, and for an end to attacks on health and humanitarian workers.

The Janssen vaccine has already been tested in about 6,000 people, a lot of them Africans, Kaleebu said.

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