Hospitalised Nigerian tested negative for Ebola: Health ministry

The union health ministry on Monday denied reports that a Nigerian national admitted to the RML hospital has tested positive for the dreaded Ebola disease.

hidden August 19, 2014 09:05:41 IST
Hospitalised Nigerian tested negative for Ebola: Health ministry

New Delhi: The union health ministry on Monday denied reports that a Nigerian national admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital in New Delhi has tested positive for the dreaded Ebola disease.

Hospitalised Nigerian tested negative for Ebola Health ministry

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the hospitalised Nigerian did not have Ebola. Firstpost

Denying the reports, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, "Our vigilant officials did indeed send a person to RML Hospital. His blood samples were sent to National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and National Institute of Virology, Pune.

"We are assured that he tested negative and there is no cause for worry."

The minister said the samples were sent to Pune, where scientists carried out advanced tests which confirmed that the Nigerian national was free of the Ebola virus.

Harsh Vardhan reassured the people that there was no cause for panic.

"We have systems in place for tracking anybody with remotest symptoms of EVD throughout the 21-day danger period. Luckily, the disease is not air borne and, therefore, the infrastructure of prevention will easily arrest its spread."

He expressed satisfaction with the infrastructure in place at all entry points to the country to detect people arriving with symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

World Health Organization had sounded an international emergency Aug 8 on the Ebola epidemic in four western African countries. The WHO has reported that 2,127 EVD cases have been detected worldwide till Aug 13 and the total fatalities are 1,145.

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