Ebola: Quarantined staff released, test suggests poisoning
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).