Suspected Ebola German student tests negative in Rwanda

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The German student who was isolated in Kigali with Ebola like symptoms has tested negative, health officials said Tuesday.

“The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that results from the samples that were taken from the patient for Ebola tests are negative. The tests were done at an internationally accredited laboratory,” a statement from the ministry said.

“This implies that he does not have Ebola hemorrhagic fever. Currently, the patient is recovering well from malaria,” according to the statement.

The ministry urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspected cases, saying though there is no Ebola in the country, the risk that Ebola can spillover to Rwanda remains.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a highly contagious disease transmitted from person to person and characterized by fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, sore throat, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pains and bleeding from all body openings.

It is not an airborne disease.

“Surveillance and emergency management systems are in place. Health workers have been trained across the country and are vigilant. This has enabled timely detection, notification and appropriate management of any suspected cases to safeguard Rwandans,” the ministry said.

Ebola has now claimed over 1,000 people, mainly in the West African states of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.



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