Danish Traveller returned from West Africa admitted for Ebola virus
A patient who has recently been in west Africa was being tested for Ebola on Tuesday evening, with test results first expected during the course of the day on Wednesday.
A Dane who recently returned from west Africa was admitted to Hvidore Hospital on Tuesday afternoon on the suspicion of carrying the Ebola virus, the hospital has announced.
“We determined that there were grounds to admit the patient and we have sent a test to the State Serum Institute,” hospital spokesman Toben Mogensen said in a statement.
The patient was put in isolation late on Tuesday and will remain there until the test results return. An initial result was expected to arrive overnight on Tuesday and a secondary sample will be sent for testing on Wednesday morning.
The current patient is the third to be seen at the suburban Copenhagen hospital for suspected Ebola over the past five weeks. The other patients tested negative.
“We’ve been through this before and we have the procedures and security under control. So our employees and patients do not need to worry about the risk of Ebola. It is not dangerous to be admitted to, or work at, Hvidore Hospital,” Mogensen said.
Speaking to State owned Danish broadcaster DR, Mogensen said that the patient was not an international aid worker, but no additional information was given.
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