MADRID, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Regional health authorities in the Basque Region in northern Spain have activated protocols for a possible case of the Ebola virus, local media reported Tuesday.
The “precautionary measure” was taken in the case of a “middle-aged man who returned from Sierra Leone a few days ago after being in the country for non-health related work reasons.”
Sierre Leone is one of the four West African countries, along with Nigeria, Liberia, and Guinea, currently affected by the ongoing outbreak of Ebola, which has claimed over 1,000 lives.
The patient was taken to the Cruces Hospital in Basurto, close to Bilbao, and placed in an isolation unit with a fever. He will remain in isolation until the results of his tests confirm whether or not he is infected with the virus.
The Basque Health Authority has sent out a message saying “there is no motive for alarm as the actions stipulated by the protocol have been followed at every moment,” and informing that “given the patient is in a good state of health.”
This is the second time in four days that the protocol for a possible case of Ebola has been activated in Spain. On Saturday, there was a suspected case of the virus in a Nigerian man who showed possible symptoms of the disease in the city of Alicante, but deactivated the following day when tests came back negative.