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Singapore hospital rules out Ebola for patient

English.news.cn   2014-08-14 17:31:25

SINGAPORE, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- A Singapore hospital on Thursday ruled out the possibility of Ebola for a patient who had been identified as a possible Ebola case, local media reported.

The Nigerian woman was sent to the Communicable Diseases Center at Tan Tock Seng Hospital on Thursday morning from a private hospital.

Philip Choo, chief executive of the hospital, said that it was a false alarm and that the patient has since been discharged.

"We saw a patient with a history from Nigeria," but her detailed history revealed "no contact with any suspect or confirmed patients," the Straits Times quoted him as saying.

The patient is believed to have flown into Singapore recently and arrived at the emergency department of the private hospital with a fever. She was immediately isolated and transferred by ambulance to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Ebola is a highly-fatal viral disease that is spreading in West Africa, raising fears that it might spill over to the rest of the world.

Health authorities in Singapore have said recently that they have put measures to guard against Ebola. Health advisories have been put up to urge people who become unwell with Ebola symptoms, such as sudden high fever, stomach pains, diarrhoea, vomiting, rash or bleeding within three weeks of being in Ebola-hit areas of West Africa, to see a doctor as early as possible.

Nevertheless, it said that the disease still poses a low public health risk to Singapore.

Editor: Tang Danlu
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