Nigeria: Quarantined South African Female Tests Negative To Ebola Virus


BEVERLY HILLS, September 11, (THEWILL) - A South African woman who was quarantined at a Lagos-Nigeria medical facility on Thursday over the deadly Ebola disease has tested negative to the virus and has been cleared to continue her travel to her native South Africa.

The female was detained overnight after she arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport from Morocco on a Royal Air Maroc flight and took ill a few minutes to her onward departure to her native South Africa.

Dr. Aileen Marty, a professor of infectious diseases at Florida International University College of Medicine, who is also working alongside Nigerian health officials told Reuters that the female was detained after she admitted suffering Ebola-like symptoms after working in Guinea and Sierra Leone since April.

Dr. Aileen Marty further said the female was treated for amoebic dysentery, which produced the symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting she had displayed on her arrival at Lagos airport.

'She is negative (for Ebola),' said Marty, who is in Lagos assisting Nigeria with its Ebola screening under WHO auspices.

The Ebola test was carried out by Nigerian medics and Dr. Cesar Munoz-Fontela of the Hamburg-based Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, which has set up testing labs both in Lagos and in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.