Ebola: Quar­an­tined staff re­leased, test sug­gests poi­son­ing

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ojoma Akor

Staff of the Univer­sity of Cal­abar Teach­ing Hospi­tal, Cal­abar who were quar­an­tined fol­low­ing ru­mours of the death of a pa­tient from Ebola in the hospi­tal have been al­lowed to go home.

Per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, fed­eral min­istry of health, Li­nus Awute in a brief­ing had dis­pelled the ru­mour say­ing pre­lim­i­nary tests car­ried out on the blood sam­ples from the pa­tient con­firmed that the de­ceased was neg­a­tive for both the Ebola and Lassa fever viruses.

Re­leas­ing the re­sult of the tests at the week­end, Awute said in a state­ment that the blood sam­ple from the pa­tient tested neg­a­tive for all path­o­genic viruses known to man.

He said the pos­si­bil­ity of poi­son­ing or in­tox­i­ca­tion with a chem­i­cal can­not be ruled out at this stage and the Nige­ria Cen­tre for Dis­ease Con­trol (NCDC) would con­tinue with in­ves­ti­ga­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Na­tional Agency for Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Con­trol (NAFDAC).

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