U.S. citizen in Ghana tests negative for Ebola

ACCRA Mon Jul 7, 2014 6:15pm EDT

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ACCRA (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen suspected of having Ebola because he fell ill after visiting West African states battling the disease has tested negative, a senior Ministry of Health official told Reuters on Monday.

The man, who has not being named, is in quarantine at Nyaho clinic in Accra and the blood tests were conducted at Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research in the city.

"It is negative," Badu Sarkodie, head of disease surveillance at the Ghana Health Service, told Reuters, adding that further tests would be conducted.

Health officials have called for regional action to halt the world's deadliest outbreak of the disease, which has spread across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing at least 467 people since February.

The highly contagious Ebola virus causes fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhoea and kills up to 90 percent of those it infects. It is transmitted through contact with blood or other fluids.

A previous suspected Ebola case in Ghana also tested negative in April. <For a map of the region affected by Ebola, please click on link.reuters.com/fyj32w>

(Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Mohammad Zargham)

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rltmd wrote:
If he was not part of the medical team or on a very important business trip, why was he there?

Jul 07, 2014 8:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
These doctors are so dang stupid, they go over there too help and have no regard for safety for us hear. If they think that they must help over their then they need to stay over their!

Jul 07, 2014 8:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Lilliwhite wrote:
Travellers from regions of dangerous outbreaks should all undergo quarantine when returning home. I am aware, that it poses inconvenience to business people and to airline personnel but the public has to be somehow protected. Scientists should develop a blood test which will quickly identify carriers of lethal pathogens. The cost for such test should be paid by the traveller & airlines (for personnel).

Jul 07, 2014 9:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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