First Ebola case suspected in Greece

Greece said today it was 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 another 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. — AFP

 

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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.