Suspicion of Ebola in Berlin is apparently malaria

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Suspicion of Ebola in Berlin is apparently malaria
03.02.2015

A patient who reported to the Urban Hospital in Berlin on Monday does not appear to have Ebola. Charité doctors assume that the man has malaria. The 40-year-old had previously been to Africa and had unspecific Ebola symptoms.

Patient suffers from malaria After the admission of a patient with suspected Ebola, the Berliner has given a preliminary all-clear. According to a message from the AFP news agency, the clinic announced on Monday evening that the Charité experts did not assume that the patient was suspected of being an Ebola patient, "but rather that the person affected was suffering from malaria". "This supports a positive rapid malaria test." It was also announced that a blood analysis was also carried out to formally rule out an Ebola disease.

Returning from Africa The man who had returned from Africa had previously been transferred to the special isolation ward of the Charité Clinic. "Because of the fact that this man was in Africa and shows flu-like symptoms, an Ebola disease cannot be ruled out," a spokeswoman for the Senate Department for Health and Social Affairs explained the decision of the medical officer. At noon, the 40-year-old had first reported to the Kreuzberg Urban Hospital, where the doctors alerted the medical officer about suspected Ebola. In addition, according to a hospital spokeswoman, the doctors immediately isolated the man and closed off several rooms in the clinic.

Examinations carried out by specialists at the isolation ward According to the information, the medical officer called to the Urban Hospital decided to transfer the patient to the isolation ward of the Charité in a special emergency ambulance and have them examined by specialists. The department of the Virchow Clinic at the Charité, which can only be reached via air and decontamination locks, specializes in infectious diseases. Basically, the diagnosis of Ebola is difficult in the early phase of an illness. The symptoms are very non-specific and resemble those of many other diseases. Among other things, infected people experience fever, headache, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting as well as internal and external bleeding.

End of the plague in sight? There have been several suspected Ebola cases in Berlin in recent months. A South Korean helper was released from the Charité two weeks ago after an suspicion of Ebola had proven to be unfounded. He had no symptoms within the incubation period of 21 days. The patient belonged to a team from South Korea who had looked after Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. According to the United Nations, nearly 9,000 people have died since the outbreak of the deadly plague. Almost all fatalities occurred in the three West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The Federal Government's Ebola representative, Walter Lindner, told the KNA news agency a few days ago that the Ebola epidemic could end by the summer. According to this, the significantly lower number of new infections in the nations primarily affected gives hope for an early end to the epidemic. (ad)

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