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Ebola suspect in Uganda turns negative

English.news.cn   2014-08-20 07:12:50            

KAMPALA, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Laboratory results for a suspected Ebola case in Uganda has turned out negative, a ministry of health spokesperson said Tuesday.

Rukia Nakamatte told Xinhua via telephone that the results of the samples taken from the 23-year old female university student traveling from Ebola-hit Nigeria tested negative of the viral haemorrhagic fever.

"She has tested negative. She was just suffering of malaria according to the results from the virus research institute, Entebbe," said Nakamatte.

The student traveling from Nigeria's capital Lagos was put in an isolation unit on Saturday by the health monitoring unit at Entebbe International Airport after she became uneasy and started vomiting upon arrival.

She is the fourth person to be quarantined for suspected Ebola in the East Africa country following the current outbreak sweeping the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

The deadly Ebola virus has killed more than 1,200 people since it's outbreak in West Africa.

Ebola is a highly infectious disease spread through body contact with an infected person. It presents with high fever, bleeding, diarrhoea and red eyes among other symptoms.

Editor: Fu Peng
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