Uganda: Suspected Ebola Case At Entebbe Airport Tests Negative

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Laboratory results from a passenger who was quarantined Monday at Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport tested negative for Ebola, an official said.

Vivian Nakaliika, Uganda’s ministry of health spokesperson, said the results of samples taken from a male passenger travelling from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) en route to Kenya tested negative of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever.

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She said the passenger was left to proceed with his journey.

The passenger was on Saturday isolated after he developed fever and high temperature.

Medical officers have been deployed at the airport to screen all passengers coming into the country, especially those from neighboring DRC where there is an Ebola outbreak.

DRC authorities on May 8 declared an outbreak of Ebola in the western border town of Bikoro.

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The Ebola virus is highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external bleeding.

Mortality rates of Ebola fever, according to the World Health Organization, are extremely high, with the human case-fatality rate ranging from 50 percent to 89 percent, depending on viral sub-type.