There were at least two recent suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), on different continents, that turned out to be negative for the lethal virus.
In England, a woman with recent travel history to West Africa went to St George’s Hospital in Tooting Sunday night with a high temperature turned out to not have EVD.
According to a statement from St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust Monday, a hospital spokesperson said, “An unwell patient who had recently traveled to West Africa was admitted to St George’s Hospital yesterday.
“In line with national guidance the patient was moved to our clinical infections unit and underwent a series of tests, as a precaution one of which was for Ebola.
“The outcome of the Ebola test is negative.
“We can confirm that the patient will remain at St George’s Hospital.
“All appropriate actions have been taken by our staff to protect the public and the patient.”
Over 6,000 miles away in Vietnam, health authorities in Da Nang say that a Vietnamese man suspected of having Ebola after returning to Vietnam from Guinea a week ago and coming down with a high fever has been confirmed as having malaria.
Testing performed by the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology showed that 26-year-old Chu
Van Chung tested negative for the deadly Ebola virus. He instead tested positive for the parasitic infection, malaria.
According to the latest EVD numbers from the World Health Organization on Friday, a total of 13,567 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in six affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria, Senegal) up to the end of 29 October. There have been 4951 reported deaths.
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