Twelve individuals had been instructed to undergo testing for possible Ebola infection in DR Congo’s crowded city of Goma on Saturday, just days after three members of the same family examined positive for the disease, the country’s presidency mentioned. Ebola, which is unfolded by close contact with infected bodily fluids, causes hemorrhagic fever, vomiting, and severe diarrhea, usually followed by organ failure and bleeding. “A complete of 12 individuals from various centers on the outskirts [of Goma] are undergoing testing after the response group triggered the alert protocol,” the Congolese authorities stated in a press release. Six different individuals suspected of infection have been discharged after testing negative on Friday, the presidency added. Goma, a city of almost 2 million individuals bordering Rwanda, is the capital of North Kivu Province, the region worst hit by the year-long epidemic that has killed more than 1,800 people and infected thousands more.
Congolese authorities have been left scrambling to include the outbreak last week after a gold miner with a big family contaminated a number of individuals, including his wife and daughter, before dying of the hemorrhagic fever.
“The gold miner can have contaminated a number of individuals, however for the moment it’s only his spouse and one of his 10 kids who’re sick,” the government’s Ebola response coordinator Jean-Jacques Muyembe informed a news conference in Goma.
Mr. Muyembe added that the man’s sister, who had traveled to DR Congo’s South Kivu, had been brought back to Goma for testing over the weekend.