Yadhana Jadoo
Political Editor
2 minute read
18 Aug 2014
3:10 pm

SA man tests negative for Ebola

Yadhana Jadoo

A South African man admitted to hospital for a suspected case of Ebola has tested negative for the deadly virus currently sweeping across West Africa, it was announced on Monday.

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” The condition of the patient is stable and the results of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) are negative,” spokesperson Joe Maila said in a statement on Monday.

“We have also conducted the tests for Malaria and the results are also negative. We are busy conducting further tests for other infections and continue with our appropriate management of the patient.”

Maila said there were a number of measures “put in place to maintain our vigilance”.

South Africans should rest assured that the country’s surveillance was “strengthened”, he added.

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The 37 year old man was admitted to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital after his arrival in the country following a work stint in Liberia – one of the country’s affected by the epidemic, which is considered to be the worst in history.

He was working as a Health and Safety Officer in a mining operation the country and arrived back to South Africa on August 6.

“He was scanned as normal routine in accordance with screening protocols for incoming travellers at the O.R Tambo International Airport,” said Maila.

“He was healthy on arrival and the scanner revealed no problem nor raised temperature. He had no contact with any patients while in Liberia for over a period of a year and he is not involved in patient care at all.”

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But on the August 16 he consulted his General Practitioner due to fever.

“Following on the protocols issued to all private and public practitioners and health facilities, the doctor contacted the NICD (National Institute for Communicable Diseases) to discuss the patient.

“Based on results of the initial blood tests the decision was made to continue to monitor the patient at home and to repeat the blood tests… His temperature increased and it was decided that he be admitted…for further assessment and investigations.”

The NICD regarded the patient as low risk for Ebola Virus.

“However given his history of working in Liberia the protocol developed for Haemorrhagic fevers, precautions needed to be followed,” Maila said.

The country continues to be on high alert.

Meanwhile, the NICD team assisting in containing the Ebola Virus has arrived in Sierra Leone.

“The team has all the necessary equipment.”