Ebola was declared a global emergency after the first fatal case was reported in a city of one million inhabitants.

Citizens of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are living in fear after the deadly disease arrived on their doorstep.

Government officials have urged world leaders to send aid as they combat the crisis.

Olivia Ajira Kwinja, World Vision’s Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Manager in the DRC, told Daily Star Online the disease needed to be tackled at a local level to stop it.

Ebola could be spread on plane

But she also gave a terrifying warning about how far the disease could spread.

She told us: “We are looking to stop this disease because we know what it can produce.

“But there is always the chance of someone getting on a plane.”

Mortality rates for people contracting Ebola are 50%, making it one of the deadliest diseases in the world.

The current outbreak has spread countries in Africa, but if an infected person were to get on a plane, it could even spread continents.

Ebola outbreak

Harvard health scholar Dr Ashish Jha previously told us the chance of Ebola moving continents increases as the disease gets worse in the DRC.

He said: “While there’s an outbreak happening there’s always the chance the somebody could get on a plane and transmit the disease.

“As the disease gets worse in the DRC, the greater the chance is of that happening.

“It’s the same for the US, and that goes for China and India too.

“We’ve been very lucky so far.”

Surveillance teams are working 24 hours a day at Goma airport, to prevent anyone from infected areas getting on a plane.

The current Ebola outbreak is the second deadliest in history, with 1,705 deaths from August 1 last year.

The worst outbreak, recorded from 2013 to 2016, killed 11,323 people.

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