All-clear for suspected Ebola in Frankfurt

All-clear for suspected Ebola in Frankfurt

Health department: all-clear for suspected Frankfurt Ebola case
16.08.2014

On Friday, a suspected Ebola case caused temporary excitement at Frankfurt Airport. A passenger on a plane coming from Africa suffered from fever, one of the typical symptoms of Ebola. The health department has since announced that an Ebola infection can be ruled out.


Airplane passenger with flu-like symptoms At Frankfurt Airport, a suspected Ebola case briefly caused excitement on Friday. According to a spokeswoman for the Fraport operating company, a passenger of a machine coming from Africa suffered from mild, flu-like symptoms. This is reported by "RP Online". Thereupon he was examined by a doctor who did not find any illness with Ebola. According to a report by the dpa news agency, the head of the Frankfurt health authority, René Gottschalk, said that doctors at the Hessian center of excellence had still clarified on the plane that "this infection could be ruled out for the passenger." Therefore, all precautionary measures had been reduced.

Suspicion in Hamburg last weekend As "RP Online" writes, a report by the "Frankfurter Rundschau" that the man had already been brought to the isolation station of the Frankfurt university clinic was denied by both the Fraport spokeswoman and the clinic itself. Last weekend there was a suspected Ebola case in Hamburg after a man from Sierra Leone was brought to a clinic with fever and vomiting after returning from Africa. It quickly became apparent that there was no Ebola disease.

Federal government calls on Germans to emigrate According to experts, the risk of an Ebola infection for foreigners in the affected West African countries is low, as reported by "RP Online". As a result, it is not possible to get it in the air like a flu infection. Nevertheless, the Federal Government is calling on all Germans to leave Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. A federal government announcement states: "The exception is urgently needed medical and humanitarian personnel in connection with the fight against the Ebola epidemic."

More than 2100 Ebola cases already reported According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1,000 people have died from the dangerous infectious disease so far, most of them in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. More than 2,100 Ebola cases have been reported to the WHO from the countries affected so far. As of Friday evening, the organization announced a total of 2,127 infections and 1,145 deaths had been recorded by August 13. According to "RP Online", 1,310 infections and 712 deaths have been confirmed with a laboratory test. According to WHO estimates, the actual number of cases is likely to be significantly higher. (ad)

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