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Belfast 'Ebola' patient tests negative

The person is still being treated for malaria.

THE PERSON BEING tested for Ebola in Belfast does not have the virus, exams have confirmed.

The patient, who had tested positive for malaria, has been treated for Ebola as a precautionary measure, according to the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

In a statement this afternoon, officials said the patient’s test for Ebola was negative.

“The patient is being treated for malaria and will continue to be monitored. The PHA has advised that there is no increased risk to the wider community.”

Dr Lorraine Doherty, Assistant Director of Public Health (Health Protection) at the Public Health Agency, said the case highlights the “robust” measures in place to deal with suspected cases of the haemorrhagic fever.

The person tested had been to Sierra Leone and has been treated at the isolation unit in the Royal Victoria Hospital since Friday.

Read: Patient being tested for Ebola in Belfast

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