KZN man was not admitted for Ebola: NICD

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pretoria - The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed that a KwaZulu-Natal man was not admitted or tested at Addington hospital for Ebola as stated in some news reports.

“He did not fit the case definition for Ebola Virus Disease and was not at risk. He is a fleet manager for a company in Sierra Leone with no risk of exposure,” the NICD said.

According to the NICD, the man complained of a fever and was referred to Addington hospital for an assessment.

“He decided out of his own accord that he was not feeling sick anymore, he just wanted to be tested for Ebola as a precautionary measure,” the NICD said.

The NICD did not receive any specimens to be tested for Ebola for this particular case.

There have been no cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in South Africa associated with the current outbreak in West Africa.

According to the NICD, there are no suspected cases of EVD in South Africa at present. – SAnews.gov.za

 

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