Ebola Outbreak: Rwanda reopens border with DR Congo


    Rwanda has reopened its border with DR Congo, where an Ebola outbreak has killed more than 1,800 people in the past year.

    The BBC reports that the border was closed for several hours after the confirmation of a third death from Ebola in the Congolese city of Goma.

    Goma is the capital of North Kivu, one of the two provinces in DR Congo that have borne the brunt of the epidemic.

    The city lies just across the border from the Rwandan city of Gisenyi, and many residents regularly cross the frontier, legally and illegally, for work and other activities.

    At least 2,700 people have been infected in the worst Ebola outbreak in the country’s history.

    Last week, the WHO designated the outbreak a global health emergency, its highest level of alarm, but warned against trying to contain the virus by closing borders or restricting travel or trade.

    Tackling the disease has also been complicated by conflict in the region.