An individual from Guinea who went to seek medical care after arriving in Thailand is the country’s first suspect Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case.
The Phuket News reports that the patient, a Guinean, arrived in Thailand on August 20 and consulted doctors after presenting with high body temperature (38.8C) and soaring throat and nasal mucus.
The patient was quarantined and being monitored using international standards. Confirmatory laboratory testing should be available on Thursday.
The Public Health Ministry dispatched surveillance rapid response (SRRT) teams from the Communicable Disease Control Department and provincial public health stations to locate those who had associated closely with her and had found 16 persons, the report states.
Dr Narong Sahamethapat, permanent secretary of the Public Health Ministry asked the public not to be alarmed as the Ministry has a strengthened network and system to watch and keep the virus from spread. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page