Nigerian in Singapore does not have Ebola: Straits Times

SINGAPORE Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:20am EDT

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Nigerian woman sent to a Singapore hospital isolation unit on Thursday does not have Ebola as initially suspected, the Straits Times reported.

Philip Choo, chief executive of the government hospital where the woman was sent, said it was a false alarm and the woman had been discharged, the newspaper said.

"We saw a patient with a history from Nigeria," Choo said, adding that her detailed history revealed "no contact with any suspect or confirmed patients".

The woman, in her 50s, was believed to have flown into Singapore recently and arrived at a hospital emergency department with a fever, the newspaper said.

The world's worst outbreak of Ebola has claimed the lives of 1,069 people and there are 1,975 probable and suspected cases, the vast majority in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organisation.

There have been no confirmed cases in Asia.

(Reporting by Anshuman Daga; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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bonus08 wrote:
From above it sounds as though they eliminated Ebola based on her detailed travel history, which she provided. How do they know that it is accurate or correct?. Maybe she was in contact with a patient and did not know it? What if she lied because she did not want to be quarantined?
Shouldn’t Ebola be tested using blood test or some scientific test?

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