Saturday, 13 September 2014

Spain hit by two possible Ebola cases



Two people have been admitted to hospital this week with fears that they may be infected with the very contagious Ebola virus.  One is a 13-year-old boy in Mallorca and the other a 24-year-old man in the region of Murcia.  Both apparently flew into Spain in the last three weeks from Lagos in Nigeria.

Both patients are suffering symptoms similar to Ebola, including muscle pain and high temperatures, and are both are being kept in secure units under isolation, which have the necessary infrastructure to deal with highly infectious diseases.

The 13-year-old was taken to the Hospital Son Llàtzer, in Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, and the 24-year-old was hospitalized at the Hospital de Son Espases. In the meantime, blood samples from both patients have been sent to laboratories in Madrid, where scientists will be able to ascertain whether the two people are actually infected with Ebola.

Reuters is reporting that so far this year, approximately 2,300 people have died in what is the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded.  While Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are the worst affected countries, the disease is also spreading to Senegal and Nigeria as sick travelers carry the infection.

Update:

In a later update, it was confirmed that the 13-year-old boy is not suffering from the highly infectious disease.  Also the child was also not infected with malaria, according to doctors.
At present, the 24-year-old Nigerian man remains in isolation.

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