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A MAN who was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital and isolated amid fears of Ebola virus this morning is ‘not particularly sick’, doctors say
The man, Michael Walsh originally from Warwick in WA, reportedly fell seriously ill in the Southport Watchhouse and told emergency crews he had just returned from The Congo two weeks ago.
Police sources confirmed a 27-year-old man was taken by ambulance with Ebola-like symptoms however Gold Coast Health infectious diseases director Dr John Gerrard said initial assessments suggest it is ‘exceedingly unlikely’ that he has the deadly virus.
They are still awaiting test results but said the man was also being tested for malaria, dengue fever and other tropical illnesses.
Dr Gerrard said the main symptom of Ebola was a fever and although the patient described symptoms of fever, doctors were yet to document one.
“He’s not particularly sick but I don’t want to say it’s impossible otherwise we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing,” he said.
“I really must emphasise the risk is extremely small.”
He said the man was more likely to have malaria and expected results this evening.
originally posted by: auroraaus
Tests clear man of Ebola - ABC
Tests taken from a man suspected of having Ebola virus on the Gold Coast have returned a negative result, Queensland Health has confirmed.
I have to say - it was good practice for health staff!
originally posted by: weirdguy
And tongue kiss Tony Abbot and the rest of the Liberal Party.