Rwanda's health minister has said the border with Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo remains open, appearing to contradict an earlier statement that the frontier was closed near the border city of Goma.

The closure had been announced by the Congolese presidency.

"The border was never closed and it is not closed," Diane Gashumba told reporters as she sat next to the state minister of foreign affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe, who had also earlier said it was shut.

Traffic delays at the border had been caused by increased screening for Ebola, not a shutdown, Ms Gashumba said.

Health officials have said the 12-month-old daughter of a second patient who died of Ebola, had also died from the virus.

"The third confirmed case is the one-year-old girl of the father of 10 who died today at the Kiziba centre. The girl had already been showing signs of the disease," an Ebola response official said.

The first death from Ebola in Goma - a city of more than two million people with transport links to many parts of East Africa - sparked a wave of concern when it was reported on 16 July.

A day later, the United Nation's World Health Organization declared the epidemic a "public health emergency of international concern", a move designed to step up the global response.
 
Yesterday, it was announced that 15 people had been quarantined in the neighbouring South Kivu province, which had previously skirted the epidemic.

A total of 1,803 lives have been lost in the second worst outbreak of Ebola on record, according to figures. 


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