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HSE confirm suspected ebola case in Co Donegal

first_img WhatsApp HSE confirm suspected ebola case in Co Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Google+ Google+ News Twitter Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By admin – August 21, 2014 Tests are being carried out for Ebola on a deceased man in Letterkenny General Hospital.Isolation procedures have been put in place at the hospital after a death in the southwest of the county.It is understood the deceased had been working in Sierra Leone and that a number of colleagues had contracted the virus there.While the cause of death is unknown the HSE is carrying tests to see whether it was due to exposure to Ebola.In a statement, the HSE said it was currently assessing a suspected case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Donegal.Statement from the HSE:Tests being carried out on deceased person recently returnedfrom Africa.        The HSE is currently assessing a suspected case of Ebola virusdisease (EVD) in Donegal. The public health department was made awareearlier today of the remains of an individual, discovered early thismorning, who had recently travelled to the one of the areas in Africaaffected by the current Ebola virus disease outbreak.        The appropriate national guidelines, in line with internationalbest practice, are being followed by the public health team dealing withthe situation. This means that the body of the deceased has beenisolated to minimise the potential spread of any possible virus. Bloodsamples have been sent for laboratory testing to confirm whether or notthis individual had contracted Ebola virus disease.        Until a diagnosis is confirmed, and as a precautionary measure,the individual’s remains will stay in the mortuary pending thelaboratory results which are expected late tomorrow.        The risk of transmission of any disease is considered to beextremely low. As a precautionary measure, appropriate infection controlprocedures are being put in place in the community and at the mortuarypending the outcome of laboratory tests.         Dr. Darina O’Flanagan, Head of the HSE Health ProtectionSurveillance Centre, said; “In general, the risk of contracting Ebolavirus disease is extremely low and would involve very close personalcontact with the infected individual or their body fluids for there tobe any risk at all.”         “We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we willknow whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease.The appropriate public health guidelines are being followed at everystage in this process as a precaution.” Pinterest WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleDepartment of Transport confirms closure of Bunbeg cliff rescue unitNext article27-year-old man shot in Strabane admin Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North last_img read more