Lusaka in Ebola scare

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The Ministry of Health says lab tests on the quarantined patient at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital in Lusaka have ruled out the deadly Ebola virus.

Yesterday, a patient who was admitted at the health facility exhibited Ebola-like symptoms and the hospital responded by placing the patient under quarantine and restricting movements within the facility.

The patient is reportedly from Luapula Province, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo where Ebola has killed dozens of people in recent times.

It was rumored that there were as many as 15 Ebola cases at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital but the Ministry of Health has since dispelled the rumors.

“Dr Malama PS health has just confirmed that quarantined patient at Levy Hospital, lab results, have RULED OUT EBOLA.
Our surveillance system is working well with patients presenting EBOLA like symptoms, quickly identified and investigated.
Weldone Health Ministry,” tweeted Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya.

The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.

The time interval from infection with Ebola to the onset of symptoms is 2-21 days, although 8-10 days is most common. Signs and symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and lack of appetite.

Some patients may experience rash, red eyes, hiccups, cough, sore throat, chest pain, difficulty in breathing, difficulty in swallowing, bleeding inside and outside of the body.

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