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Greece testing a man for Ebola at Athens hospital

An architect who recently travelled to Nigeria is being tested for the virus.

A banner in Sierra Leone encouraging those suffering from Ebola to go to the health centre.
A banner in Sierra Leone encouraging those suffering from Ebola to go to the health centre.
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GREECE WAS TODAY running tests on a man suspected of carrying the Ebola virus.

The Greek man, an architect who had recently travelled to Nigeria, was undergoing tests at an Athens hospital, a health ministry spokesman said.

“It is likely that the man checked himself in,” he said, declining to give further details on the patient or the case.

The ministry had earlier identified the patient as Nigerian.

Another feared Ebola case involving a different Greek who had travelled to Nigeria was investigated earlier this week and turned out to be malaria, he added.

Ebola has claimed at least 932 lives and infected more than 1,700 people since breaking out in west Africa earlier this year, according to the World Health Organisation.

Greece has warned airport and port staff to be vigilant, but the state health organisation Keelpno has insisted that chances of an outbreak in the country are low.

Earlier today, Spanish doctors said that blood tests showed no sign of Ebola in a nun who was evacuated from Liberia along with an elderly missionary infected with the deadly virus.

The Spanish nun, 65-year-old Juliana Bonoha Bohe, was flown to Madrid on Thursday along with 75-year-old Roman Catholic priest Miguel Pajares, who contracted Ebola while helping hospital patients in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

The nun had been cleared of Ebola before leaving Liberia but doctors at Madrid’s La Paz-Carlos III hospital repeated the blood test Thursday and said they would do so again in four days.

“The patient has no symptoms, no fever, is well hydrated and in good condition in general,” said a medical bulletin from the hospital, where doctors are taking care of the nun and the infected priest in specially equipped isolation rooms.

The nun, whose blood test also came up negative for malaria, is to remain under supervision awaiting the results of further tests, the hospital said.

Spanish health authorities said that the priest, the first Ebola victim in the fast-spreading outbreak to be evacuated to Europe, was stable with no sign of bleeding. The hospital is not providing medical updates for the missionary, at his request.

© AFP, 2014

Related: Ebola declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’

Also: Irish aid workers travel to Sierre Leone to help with Ebola outbreak

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