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Ebola suspected in Berlin - patient has malaria
In an employment office in Prenzlauer Berg there was on Tuesday Ebola alarm. The job center has been cordoned off by police. The suspicion, however, was not confirmed in the late evening.

By M. Behrendt, A. Gandzior, K. Lange, N. Upper Müller, S. Pletl

State of emergency in the Job Center Pankow at the Storkower road: at 10.46 clock, an emergency call in the fire brigade goes in. A woman collapsed in the second floor of the building. She complained of nausea and fever and reported that she had recently been to Africa. A little later confirmed the police: It is suspected Ebola. For hours, visitors and staff at the job center are very insecure. At this time, between 600 and 800 people in the building.

It was late afternoon comes the first clear. "The Charité Experts at the present time do not assume that it is Ebola," it says in a statement the hospital. The patient had not stayed in one of the affected regions.

Patient is doing well under the circumstances
Late in the evening then the final result of blood analysis: malaria. "All tests for the detection of Ebola were at today in the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin negatively consigned patient", said the Charité. We have instead found a microscopic malaria infection and appropriate therapy initiated. "The patient is doing well under the circumstances," said Norbert Suttorp, director of the Medical Department, Division of Infectious Diseases and Pneumology of the Charité.

Although the false alarm caused a large-scale operation of the police and hundreds of people had put in fear, health Senator Mario Czaja (CDU) is satisfied. "The alarm chain worked," he said in the RBB "Evening News".

40 policemen block from the building
Over 40 riot police had cordoned off the area in the morning, no one was allowed to enter or leave the job center. The ill 30-year old woman was treated in an ambulance and examined by a medical officer. Masks were distributed.

A little later the ambulance drove under police escort to Campus Virchow-Klinikum of the Charité in Wedding, where the woman was hospitalized and placed in the infectious diseases ward. A special ambulance that is equipped with isolation regions for Ebola-infected, was not used. The clinic site on which there is an isolation of cases of the disease, was sealed off. Like a fire department spokesman said two employees of the job center and four task forces that were in contact with the woman were taken to hospital.

A strange feeling
A 46-year-old Berliner, who went into the center on Tuesday morning, reported: You have to leave the building just again - because the doors were closed. The people did not know what was going on and waited on the stairs.

Only when it became restless and demanded some loudly information that someone had informed those waiting: It was a precaution, probably have a visitor an infectious disease. A strange feeling had been that, but fear they have not had told the woman.


Gradually, the first employees and visitors from the first floor in the early afternoon hours were allowed to leave the job center. Only the people on the second floor, where the sufferers had collapsed, had to remain still. The Infection Protection Act stipulates that the medical officer of the district to act immediately and the case must continue to serve.

Berlin well prepared
"Since the Ebola epidemic in West Africa we train our paramedics for emergencies in suspected cases. Because we go zoom very low threshold, the information of fever in combination with Africa ranges at the moment already," said a senior emergency physician of the fire. Symptoms such as headaches, diarrhea and limb pain could have a thousand reasons. "That's why applies to Ebola always just the suspicion of a suspect." Often it is then but malaria, he said. In the current case, confirmed that.

Berlin is well prepared for such situations, it is said from the Senate Health Administration. All Berlin health authorities acted in accordance with the Infection Protection Act and the Berlin generic plan for a biological hazard locations. With this plan, the actors of the Public Health Service hold a Berlin-specific guidance in the hands, as they proceed from serious infectious diseases outbreaks. This guide will give out a common action according to quality standards.

Ebola virus in Africa on the rise
The Ebola virus, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) in West Africa still on the rise. In just the three days from 14 to 16 August, including 84 more people died of the deadly pathogen, also 113 new cases have been reported, such as the WHO announced on Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland.

According to WHO counting the number of victims in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria stiegt to a total of 1,229 dead and 2,240 infected.

The UN agency reported increasing efforts of health services in the affected countries to curb the epidemic. By the quarantine regulations in the Ebola-regions but the diet of the local population was not secured. To guarantee a regular supply of food, water and hygiene products, is an important step to save people unnecessary steps, said the WHO.

An introduction to Europe but is considered unlikely. In Germany so far all suspected cases have not been confirmed. The Centers for Disease Control is in Germany with emergency plans and isolation far better organized than in West Africa.

Similarly, in Belgium a suspected Ebola-not confirmed. A 13 year old teenager from Guinea, is being treated in a hospital in Ostend since Sunday because of high fever was, suffering from malaria. The Belgian news agency Belga reported. An Ebola infection was excluded, the isolation of the boy in the hospital AZ Damien will be suspended nor on Tuesday.

Escaped Ebola patients back
In Liberia, 17 escaped from an isolation in the capital Monrovia Ebola patients have been found. "They were tracked down and have finally found themselves," Information Minister Lewis Brown told the British broadcaster BBC on Tuesday. Their escape was the fear of an accelerated spread of the deadly virus further stoked.

The patients had fled on Saturday when an angry mob stormed the isolation ward, which is close to a large slum. Apparently, people protested against the fact that the patients had been housed at this location.

According to other data, they were full of distrust of the authorities and doubted that there really is Ebola. The 17 are according to government figures now in a weekend newly opened wing of the Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia. Against the Ebola virus, there are no approved cure and no vaccination.

Kenya classified as high-risk area
Cameroon closed its borders with neighboring Nigeria. Several airlines have already set their flights to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The WHO recommends that you check all the people leaving the Ebola countries on unexplained fever or other suspicious symptoms. Kenya is classified as a high-risk area because of its role as a hub for air transport.

http://www.morgenpost.de/berlin/article ... laria.html

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