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"And Goma is a warning, and that warning may result in more cases".

Goma shares the border with western Rwanda's Rubavu district with daily border crossings between the two countries estimated at about 100,000 people, according to Rwanda's emigration authority. It receives a large number of travelers from across the country and the greater region.

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 UN is convening a "high-level event" in Geneva Monday to discuss response and preparedness for the Ebola outbreak.

The incident in DR Congo comes a month after Rwanda's Ministry of Health implored the public and concerned agencies to strengthen measures to prevent the spread of Ebola into Rwanda.

While in Butembo, the pastor held regular services in seven churches, during which he laid his hands on worshippers, including people who were ill, the health ministry said.

"The patient, who travelled from Butembo to Goma, was safely isolated and provided with medical care since his arrival to the center".

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Doctors Without Borders (MSF), an global aid organization actively working with the Congolese government, issued a statement Monday confirming that the Goma patient had come to one of its facilities to be tested for the virus after showing 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. No other patients were in the health center at the time, according to the health ministry.

FILE - Mwamini Kahindo, an Ebola survivor working as a caregiver to babies who are confirmed Ebola cases, holds an infant outside the red zone at the Ebola treatment center in Butembo, DRC, March 25, 2019. North Kivu is an active unrest area, not now in a formal war but home to violent activity by a host of militias, whose members sometimes believe that health workers are deliberately poisoning Africans with Ebola to keep their population low.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the first case of Ebola within the japanese metropolis of Goma, home to greater than a million folk.

The outbreak in DR Congo's provinces of North Kivu and Ituri has persisted for 11 months. Health ministry officials are now trying to track down details to avoid the disease from spreading. But the haemorrhagic fever has gradually spread south, infecting almost 2,500 people and killing more than 1,600. "There will be fewer mobile teams available to immediately investigate, isolate, treat and trace each new case no matter where the disease pops up".

Goma, which has a population of around one million, is the capital of North Kivu province, the epicentre of what is now the second deadliest recorded Ebola outbreak on record. "We have found and vaccinated 30, and hopefully we will have (vaccinated) the other 30 in the next 24 hours", he told reporters.

It's the first Ebola outbreak in history to occur in an active war zone.

He said, however, "we need to see an end to the attacks and other disruptions to the response".

"Every attack gives Ebola an opportunity to spread".

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