"It's an alert case and a sample has been drawn and taken to UVRI for further testing", he confirmed in a WhatsApp Chat.
Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared Wednesday the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, a designation the WHO rarely introduces.
Over 1,700 people have died after contracting the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the African Center for Disease Prevention Control (Africa CDC) announced on Friday.
While experimental vaccines and treatments exist and have been used to counter the epidemic's spread, the World Health Organization said risk remains high nationally and regionally in DRC, though is low globally. More than half of the deaths are outside of health facilities, which is of concern to health officials as patients nearing death have a higher concentration of the virus and are more contagious. Infection is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, blood, feces, or vomit from someone infected through broken skin, the mouth, and nose. It is estimated that the Ebola outbreak not only led to loss of over 10,000 lives but also tested the capacity and readiness of affected countries' ability to respond to outbreaks.
So far, 5,500 people in Uganda including frontline health workers and other workers and community people have been vaccinated.
World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says he is confident in Congo's ability to contain the virus.
The Geneva-based organisation warned that a fresh United Nations funding appeal for 700 million dollars expected in coming days was only sufficient to cover the ensuing six months.
This is the fifth global emergency declaration in history.
"We need to take stock of what is working and what is not working", she said.
WHO declares Ebola outbreak a global public health emergency
DRC officials said that the victim was a pastor who had visited Butembo, one of the centres of the outbreak, last week. Congo's minister of health resisted the characterization of the outbreak as a health emergency.
The World Health Organization said on Thursday there were now no cases outside DRC, but several cases were recorded in Uganda last month, including two deaths.
This week, the first case was detected in Goma, home to more than a million.
NPR's Nurith Aizenman reported that the person was a pastor in Goma.
"The committee is concerned that a year into the outbreak, there are worrying signs of possible extension of the epidemic", Wednesday's committee report said. The town sits on the Rwandan border.
It has a port that links to the DRC city of Bukavu in South Kivu province as well as an airport with flights to the capital Kinshasa, Uganda's Entebbe and Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
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"This scares us because Goma risks becoming isolated from the rest of the world", added Katembo Kabunga as some people in the city received vaccinations.
"This means the outbreak is serious, unusual or unexpected, carries implications for public health beyond the affected state's national border; and may require immediate global action", Nkengasong said. He said, "The Ministry hopes that this decision is not the result of the many pressures from different stakeholder groups who wanted to use this statement as an opportunity to raise funds for humanitarian actors". "But the burden remains very much on the entire Ebola response mechanism to approach communities with the respect and inclusion they have asked for". "Extraordinary work has been done for just about a year under the most hard conditions".