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Health officials are keeping a close watch on a Delhi resident who arrived from Ghana on a flight in which a passenger tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus ravaging west Africa. The man’s two housemates are also under surveillance.

The Dwarka resident — HT is withholding his name — is being monitored since July 21, two days after he reached the Capital, but has not shown any symptoms of the highly contagious haemorrhagic fever.

“We were alerted by the WHO about him being exposed to the disease. His co-passenger on the flight had tested positive for Ebola. Our surveillance units tracked him down and also examined people living with him,” a health ministry official said.

“Since none of them have shown any symptoms so far, we didn’t get them tested. We have asked them to watch out for any symptoms,” said the official.

The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, high fever, bleeding and damage to central nervous system. The incubation period for the Ebola virus is two to 21 days. There is no vaccine or cure for one of the deadliest diseases known to humans that spreads through bodily fluids.

The man flew from the Ghanaian capital Accra to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and then to Delhi. No Ebola cases have been reported from Ghana or Ethiopia, so far.

There was confusion on Wednesday when health officials went to an alternate address — a DLF Phase-2 apartment in Gurgaon — provided by the passenger and found it locked.

ወይኔ ወይኔ ኢቦላ ኢትዮጵያ ገባ ማለትነው?

I think its about time we shutdown all flights to and from West Africa before we have a epidemic happening in our own backyard.
 

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Nigerian quarantined with Ebola-like symptoms in Canada

Patient quarantined with Ebola-like symptoms
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Toronto (AFP) - A Canadian hospital put a patient in isolation after he arrived in the country from Nigeria with symptoms of fever and flu -- possible signs he is infected with Ebola -- local media said.

Nigeria is one of several countries in West Africa that has had confirmed cases of Ebola, in the world's largest ever outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever that has seen nearly 1,000 deaths and more than 1,700 people infected since the beginning of the year.

A doctor at the Brampton, Ontario hospital, near Toronto, said on Friday the patient had a fever and other symptoms similar to those seen in Ebola cases, the news channel CP24 said.

Authorities decided to place him in isolation as a precaution, though there has been no official diagnosis and there are multiple diseases that could have caused his symptoms, stressed Eileen de Villa, an official with the region's Public Health office, according to CTV news.

In addition to quarantining the patient, the hospital also enacted other strict precautionary measures, she said.

The worst affected countries so far have been Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, but Nigeria has also had nine confirmed cases of Ebola so far.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday declared a national emergency several hours after the World Health Organization called the epidemic a global health crisis.
http://news.yahoo.com/patient-quarantined-ebola-symptoms-002052959.html
 
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