ACCRA, April 7 Blood tests have shown that a
12-year-old girl in Ghana who died of viral fever with bleeding
did not have Ebola, Health Minister Sherry Ayittey said on
The girl was the first suspected case in Ghana of Ebola,
which has killed more than 90 people in Guinea and Liberia.
Another suspected case has been reported in Mali.
Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has warned of an
unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with weak
Samples from the girl, who has not been identified, were
brought to the capital Accra from the Komfo Anokye Teaching
Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana's second-largest city.
"The report from the Noguchi Memorial Institute says
categorically that the samples of the blood they analysed is
negative ID Ebola virus and also negative of any common viral
fever," Ayittey told a news conference.
"We would like to allay the fears of Ghanaians that the
Ebola virus has been detected in Ghana," she said.
Ayittey said Ghana, which borders Togo, Burkina Faso and
Ivory Coast, has stepped up its health surveillance since the
It has trained port and borders workers to detect signs of
the disease, set up a national committee, restocked testing
equipment and established a telephone hotline, she said.
(Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg;
Editing by Joe Bavier/Jeremy Gaunt)