JOHANNESBURG – There are fears that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may be spreading beyond its borders after another death was reported in the country.
The latest death comes as an expert panel from the World Health Organisation (WHO) weighs whether or not to announce an international emergency.
WHO reported that a Congolese woman recently died after returning to the DRC from Uganda, where she had fallen sick. She had crossed into Uganda to sell fish before returning home.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO head, warned that the woman’s death, in addition to an earlier case involving a priest who died in Goma in the eastern DRC, was a potential game changer as Ebola could now spread into neighbouring Rwanda.
Furthermore, there are possibly another 19 fishmongers who were in contact with the ill woman before she died, may also be infected.