2 African students hospitalized in Russia, Ebola suspected

Two students from Guinea-Bissau have been taken to hospital in the Russian town of Oryol, some 350 km southwest of Moscow, to check for Ebola. They arrived in the country at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport and traveled to Oryol by bus.

The Rospotrebnadzor watchdog has confirmed that the two Guinea-Bissau citizens, from the African republic, are suspected of Ebola symptoms.

They are students at Oryol State University and were reportedly taken to a local hospital to go through medical tests on Thursday. They are being kept in the isolation unit of an infectious disease ward, following a blood examination. So far no results are available.

20-year old Monteyro Bolde Iyury and 23-year old Santoush Monteyro Ayuk Lidish both had a rise in their temperatures to 37.3 C, but these are back to normal now, a medical source told the Lifenews TV-channel.

Moreover, people, who have had contact with the patients, have been taken to a special block at the university. According to preliminary information, they are not displaying symptoms of the virus.

“Even if there is one case of the Ebola virus entering Russia, as has happened in the US and in Spain, the sanitary epidemiological service, which has a considerable amount of experience fighting infectious diseases, will help remove the possibility of it spreading,” said Health Ministry Press Secretary Oleg Salagai a week ago.

There have been 16 cases of suspected Ebola infections carried from West Africa into Russia, but none of them proved positive of the disease, the country’s watchdog reported.

In a study conducted by the Mobs Laboratory at Boston’s Northeastern University, scientists claimed that the Ebola virus has a 1 percent chance of appearing in Russia in October.

Nearly 4,500 people have already died in the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus on record.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.