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After 1600 deaths, DR Congo confirms first Ebola case in Goma

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A case of Ebola was confirmed in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Sunday, for the first time since the outbreak began nearly a year ago.

The country’s Ministry of Health said in a series of tweets that a sick pastor arrived in the city from Butembo by bus on Sunday.

The virus first struck Butembo, a city of more than a 100,000 people, last September.

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The risk of the disease spreading in Goma is low, according to the ministry because the patient was quickly isolated and transferred to an Ebola treatment centre.

Al Jazeera gathered that the Ebola Treatment Center in Goma, which is run by the DRC Ministry of Health and Doctors without Borders, has been operational since February.

The ongoing outbreak in DRC, in which more than 1,600 people have died, is the second largest Ebola outbreak in history.

However, mistrust in the medical agencies and the government contributed to the spread of the outbreak, because people weren’t getting treatment, staying at home and dying.

Reports revealed that their bodies were still highly contagious and deadly for the family members who buried them.

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