Nigerian hospitalized in Jerusalem tests negative for Ebola

A health worker from Nigeria hospitalized on suspicion of having contracted the deadly Ebola virus tests negative for the disease, released from quarantine.

September 7, 2014 10:32

Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A Nigerian tourist who was hospitalized on suspicion of having contracted Ebola, tested negative for the fatal disease, reported Israel Radio on Sunday. Tests conducted at Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center where the patient was hospitalized, showed that she suffered from a bacterial infection originating in the gastrointestinal tract.

The Nigerian patient improved significantly over the weekend after being treated with an antibiotic for E. coli. Based on the findings, it was decided to release the patient from isolated quarantine.

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The woman was admitted to hospital Friday with a high fever and other symptoms that possibly indicate that she contracted the deadly strain.

The hospital treated the woman in isolation in light of her arrival from Nigeria, which is among several African countries where the virus has killed 1,900 people out of 3,500 cases since March, in the worst outbreak since Ebola was first uncovered in 1976.

A spokeswoman for Shaare Zedek said the Nigerian patient had arrived in Israel several days ago. The hospital admitted her on Friday with a fever and put her in isolation.

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