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Ebola test results for Belfast patient expected this afternoon

The patient has already tested positive for malaria.

Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, where the patient is being treated.
Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, where the patient is being treated.
Image: Paul Faith/PA

THE RESULTS OF an Ebola test on a patient in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital are due to be made public later today.

Yesterday the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency confirmed that a patient, who has already tested positive for Malaria, was also being tested for Ebola as a precautionary measure.

The patient has recently travelled in an area affected by the deadly virus.

The PHA stressed that there is no increased risk to the wider community.

“It is important to note that the likelihood of contracting EVD is extremely low unless the person had come into contact with blood or body fluids of a symptomatic person,” it said in a statement yesterday. “Therefore we would like to stress that the risk to the public is low.”

Results of the Ebola test are due back this afternoon.

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