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Nigerian not tested positive for Ebola: Centre

Posted on Aug 18 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, Aug 18 : The union Health Ministry Monday denied reports that a Nigerian national admitted to the RML hospital here has tested positive for the dreaded Ebola disease.

Denying the reports, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said: "Our vigilant officials did indeed send a person to RML Hospital. His blood samples were sent to National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and National Institute of Virology, Pune.

"We are assured that he tested negative and there is no cause for worry."

The minister said the samples were sent to Pune, where scientists carried out advanced tests which confirmed that the Nigerian national was free of the Ebola virus.

Harsh Vardhan reassured the people that there was no cause for panic.

"We have systems in place for tracking anybody with remotest symptoms of EVD throughout the 21-day danger period. Luckily, the disease is not air borne and, therefore, the infrastructure of prevention will easily arrest its spread."

He expressed satisfaction with the infrastructure in place at all entry points to the country to detect people arriving with symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

World Health Organization had sounded an international emergency Aug 8 on the Ebola epidemic in four western African countries. The WHO has reported that 2,127 EVD cases have been detected worldwide till Aug 13 and the total fatalities are 1,145.

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