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First Potential Ebola Case Reported in France; Tests Results Awaited
Category: Health and Medical
Severity: 2 (Low)
Source: Drum Cussac
10/10/2014 (France) – Media reports indicate that a potential Ebola case has been identified in France on the morning of Friday, 10 October. A French woman who had recently travelled to Africa has been put in a sterile quarantine room in the Paris Bichat hospital. The level of risk concerning this specific case has been increased from suspect to probable. At this point, French medical authorities are waiting to receive the test results to determine if the above mentioned case is in fact an Ebola infection. Results will be delivered around 1800hrs (1600hrs UTC).
Friday morning’s case follows an alert issued on the evening of Thursday concerning a possible Ebola contamination in a public building in Cergy-Pontoise, north of Paris. A person of African origin showed symptoms that could have been attributed to the Ebola virus. The building was locked down at 1800hrs (1600hrs UTC). The alert has been cancelled as there were no signs of Ebola on the person. The building was reopened at 1930hrs (1730hrs UTC).
Should Friday’s case be confirmed as an Ebola infection, it would be the first patient to test positively for the deadly virus in France. The country has already set up major contingency measures in all of its regions and authorities claim that medical and administrative infrastructure are ready to deal with any kind of emergency linked to the virus.
Clients in France are advised to closely monitor the situation and promptly abide by any health related directive issued by local authorities and private healthcare providers. Travellers presenting symptoms of high fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhoea, vomiting and/or unexplained haemorrhaging subsequent to international travel in high risk areas should immediately report to the nearest health facility.
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