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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:35 pm 
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Dessie Quinn had been in Freetown, Sierra Leone prior to returning to Dublin/Mountcharles Donegal Ireland

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Media suggest he was negative

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:43 pm 
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From the other thread,

It is believed the suspected victim, named locally as Dessie Quinn, from the Doorin area, outside Mountcharles, Co Donegal, was a father of one aged 43. He is thought to have been living with his partner in Dublin but was visiting his large family in Co Donegal when he was taken ill.


Neighbours said the man may have been getting treatment for suspected malaria after returing from Sierra Leone when he died. However, it is not thought he was an inpatient at any medical facility.
One source believed he was working for a telecommunications company in the west African country and had returned to Ireland within the last few weeks.


http://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/tests-under-way-for-ebola-following-donegal-death-1.1904073


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:51 pm 
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Suspected Irish Ebola Case 'From Sierra Leone'
Tests are being carried out on the remains of a man who is said to have died after recently returning to Ireland from West Africa.8:55pm UK, Thursday 21 August 2014

A man in Ireland who medics suspect may have died from Ebola is believed to have recently returned from Sierra Leone, according to Sky sources.

The suspected victim was named locally as father-of-one Dessie Quinn, from the Doorin area, outside Mountcharles, Co Donegal.

The 43-year-old was visiting his large family in Co Donegal when he was taken ill, having previously been living in Dublin.

Neighbours said Mr Quinn may have been receiving treatment for malaria when he died.

His body is being kept at Letterkenny Hospital in isolation.

The ebola virus causes symptoms that can be initially similar to those of malaria, including a fever. It is fatal in up to 90% of cases.

It is not known where Mr Quinn had been receiving any treatment as an inpatient at a medical facility.

One source said he had been working in the West African country for a telecommunications company and had returned within the last couple of weeks.

Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) confirmed that the remains of a person who recently returned from an area of Africa hit by the outbreak had been found in Co Donegal this morning.

It refused to provide any more details.

A spokesman said: "Until a diagnosis is confirmed, and as a precautionary measure, the individual's remains will stay in the mortuary pending the laboratory results which are expected late tomorrow."

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: "He was just home and as far as I know he was in Donegal since he came back from Sierra Leone.

"He could have been back two weeks or three weeks, I'm not sure."

"Everyone knew him. He was great company to be along with, he was a very nice fella."

Head of the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre Dr Darina O'Flanagan, said there was little risk to the public.

She said someone would have had to come into contact with a victim's bodily fluids in order to be in danger.

She said: "We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we will know whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease.

"The appropriate public health guidelines are being followed at every stage in this process as a precaution."

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have seen the vast majority of the 1,350 victims who have died in West Africa since March.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:58 pm 
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Ebola outbreak: First picture of Irish man health officials fear may have died from deadly virus
Aug 21, 2014 22:42 By David Coleman, Paddy Clancy
Dessie Quinn, who had been working in Sierra Leone, returned home to see his family in Donegal last week and died on Wednesday
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Tragic: Dessie Quinn had been working in Sierra Leone but died on Wednesday night
This picture shows a 44-year-old man who has been killed in the first ever suspected case of the Ebola virus in Ireland.

Dessie Quinn, who had been working in Sierra Leone, which has recorded almost 1,000 cases of the virus, returned home to see his family in Donegal last week.

It's understood Mr Quinn, who is from Mountcharles, was being treated for a suspected case of malaria when he died in his parents home on Wednesday night.

His body were then transferred to Letterkenny General Hospital where it was placed in a sealed off area to be tested for the lethal virus.

A HSE statement confirmed officials are testing the Mr Quinn's body for the deadly virus.

It read: "We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we will know whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease.

"The appropriate public health guidelines are being followed at every stage in this process as a precaution."

It's understood Mr Quinn was at a festival last week in his native Donegal.

A local man who knew the suspected victim revealed: "I met him at the festival in Mountcharles last Friday.

"He was just home and as far as I know he was in Donegal since he came back from Sierra Leone.

"Everyone knew him. He was great company to be along with, he was a very nice fella."
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Local priest Fr Adrian Gavigan, of Mountcharles, confirmed that he had visited Mr Quinn.

He said as far as he was concerned the dead man’s family knew nothing about an Ebola scare and everyone presumed he had died as a result of malaria.

He added that there had been no mention of Ebola until later today.

“I’m not sure how this has all come about. Perhaps if this was a year ago and Ebola was not being talked about, then we would not have this situation now.

“There was never any mention of Ebola and everyone just presumed that he was showing all the signs of malaria.

“I’m not sure how this has come out or how the hospital have come to this conclusion. I just hope for the family’s sake that this is not the case."

He added that there had been no isolation precautions at the man’s home and said the Quinn family are very well-known in the area and very well respected.

He added: “This has come as an awful shock to them. I genuinely hope that this is not confirmed."

Donegal Mayor John Campbell told how the county of Donegal is in shock but urged people not to panic.

"It is unconfirmed that it is Ebola at this stage and even if it was confirmed the chances of it being passed on to anyone else are very small so people shouldn't panic.

"It's a big shock in the area. I know the family well and our thoughts are with them."

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:01 pm 
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The Health and Safety Executive is investigating a possible ebola outbreak in Ireland, after a man is believed to have died from the deadly disease.

The suspected victim was named as 43-year-old father-of-one Dessie Quinn. He is thought to have been from the Mountcharles area, outside Donegal town, County Donegal.

It is believed the victim had recently returned from the ebola stricken region of Sierra Leone, where he was working for a telecommunications company.

Quinn, who was reportedly receiving treatment for malaria when he died, was visiting his parents in Co Donegal when he was taken ill.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: "He was just home and as far as I know he was in Donegal since he came back from Sierra Leone. He could have been back two weeks or three weeks, I'm not sure. Everyone knew him. He was great company to be along with, he was a very nice fella."

“We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we will know whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease.”
- Dr Darina O'Flanagan, Head of the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre ,
His body has been taken to LetterKenny Hospital to an isolation unit. A spokesman said: "Until a diagnosis is confirmed, and as a precautionary measure, the individual's remains will stay in the mortuary pending the laboratory results which are expected late tomorrow."

Head of the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre Dr Darina O'Flanagan, said there was little risk to the public.

"We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we will know whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease. The appropriate public health guidelines are being followed at every stage in this process as a precaution."

It's the latest ebola scare to strike Europe. Health authorities recently confirmed they were investigating a "possible" case of the virus in Scotland. A woman, who recently arrived from Sierra Leone, was being tested for the deadly disease at a Scottish immigration removal centre.

The southern Spanish city of Alicante was put on ebola alert after a young Nigerian man was admitted to a local hospital with symptoms of the virus.

A man who travelled from Lebanon to Britain also sparked an ebola scare in the UK, after nurses at Weston General Hospital in Somerset mistakenly believed that he displayed symptoms of the disease.

Hospitals in Europe have been preparing isolation wards to cope with a possible outbreak. Low-pressure environments have been created to treat possible patients and prevent bacteria and viruses from reproducing.

The Ebola virus is transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is infected and is highly contagious. The disease has a long incubation period, enabling it to be spread rapidly by people who do not realise they are infected.

Currently there is no known cure for Ebola, but the Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown said three African doctors receiving the experimental ZMapp drug are showing "remarkable signs of improvement".

The WHO has ruled that untested drugs can be used to treat patients in light of the scale of the current outbreak. The organisation recognised that it will take months to manufacture enough of the ZMapp drug for it to be administered widely.

Addressing a recent meeting of the UN, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said that every city with an international airport is at risk of an imported case of ebola, warned that the disease may lead to a global catastrophe.

According to new United Nations figures, 1,229 people have now died since the beginning of this year in the largest ever recorded outbreak that has hit Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:04 pm 
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21 AUGUST 2014

Medics suspect a man found dead in Ireland was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in Africa, the country's health authority has said.

It is believed the suspected victim, who locals named as Dessie Quinn, from the Doorin area, outside Mountcharles, Co Donegal, was a father of one aged 43.

He is thought to have been living with his partner in Dublin but was visiting his large family in Co Donegal when he was taken ill.

Neighbours said the man may have been getting treatment for suspected malaria after returing from Sierra Leone when he died. However, it is not thought he was an inpatient at any medical facility.

One source believed he was working for a telecommunications company in the west African country and had returned to Ireland within the last few weeks.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) would only say the remains of a person who recently returned from an area of Africa hit by the outbreak were found in Co Donegal this morning.

"Until a diagnosis is confirmed, and as a precautionary measure, the individual's remains will stay in the mortuary pending the laboratory results which are expected late tomorrow," said a HSE spokesman.

One local man who knew the suspected victim said he was talking to him last week at a festival.

"I met him at the festival in Mountcharles last Friday," he said.

"He was just home and as far as I know he was in Donegal since he came back from Sierra Leone. He could have been back two weeks or three weeks, I'm not sure."

The man added: "Everyone knew him. He was great company to be along with, he was a very nice fella."

Health chiefs have stressed that the risk of transmission of any disease is considered to be "extremely low" but precautionary measures have been put in place.

Dr Darina O'Flanagan, head of the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre, said a person would have to be in very close personal contact with an infected individual or their body fluids for there to be any risk.

"We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we will know whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease," she said.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:09 pm 
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EBOLA SUSPECTED AFTER DONEGAL DEATH

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2014


Medics suspect a man found dead in Donegal was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in Africa, the HSE has said.

It is believed the suspected victim, who locals named as Dessie Quinn, from the Doorin area, outside Mountcharles, Co Donegal, was a father of one aged 43.

He is thought to have been living with his partner in Dublin but was visiting his large family in Co Donegal when he was taken ill.

Neighbours said the man may have been getting treatment for suspected malaria after returing from Sierra Leone when he died. However, it is not thought he was an inpatient at any medical facility.

One source believed he was working for a telecommunications company in the west African country and had returned to Ireland within the last few weeks.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) would only say the remains of a person who recently returned from an area of Africa hit by the outbreak were found in Co Donegal this morning.

"Until a diagnosis is confirmed, and as a precautionary measure, the individual's remains will stay in the mortuary pending the laboratory results which are expected late tomorrow," said a HSE spokesman.

One local man who knew the suspected victim said he was talking to him last week at a festival.
"I met him at the festival in Mountcharles last Friday," he said.

"He was just home and as far as I know he was in Donegal since he came back from Sierra Leone. He could have been back two weeks or three weeks, I'm not sure."

The man added: "Everyone knew him. He was great company to be along with, he was a very nice fella."

Health chiefs have stressed that the risk of transmission of any disease is considered to be "extremely low" but precautionary measures have been put in place.

Dr Darina O'Flanagan, head of the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre, said a person would have to be in very close personal contact with an infected individual or their body fluids for there to be any risk.

"We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we will know whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease," she said.

"The appropriate public health guidelines are being followed at every stage in this process as a precaution."

The HSE has refused to give any more details about the case.

Donegal Mayor John Campbell said the county was shocked but urged people not to panic.

"It is unconfirmed that it is Ebola at this stage and even if it was confirmed the chances of it being passed on to anyone else are very small so people shouldn't panic," he said.

"It's a big shock in the area. I know the family well and our thoughts are with them."

The suspected victim's body has been transferred to Letterkenny General Hospital.

Donegal TD (MP) Thomas Pringle urged people in the county not to worry until health chiefs carry out their tests.

"This is a sudden tragic death and because this man worked in Africa the HSE have to take precautions," he said.

"I think we should wait until the cause of death is confirmed.

"Given the media attention about Ebola over the last while it is important that people do not panic or worry about it until we hear from the HSE."

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:27 pm 
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The body of an Irish man who returned from Sierra Leone earlier this month is being tested to see if he died from Ebola.
Dessie Quinn, 43, from Mountcharles, Co Donegal was found dead this morning after he went to bed last night complaining of 'flu-like' symptoms.
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Dessie Quinn, 43, died this morning in Mountcharles, Co Donegal in the Irish Republic after recently returning from Freetown, Sierra Leone

Mr Quinn had recently been working in Freetown, Sierra Leone for a telecommunications company.
It is understood that he returned home on holiday one week ago.
Public health officials have tested blood samples from Mr Quinn and they hope to discover whether he contracted Ebola tomorrow morning.
A spokesperson for the Irish Health Service Executive said: 'Tests being carried out on deceased person recently returned from Africa.
'The HSE is currently assessing a suspected case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Donegal.
'The public health department was made aware earlier today of the remains of an individual, discovered early this morning, who had recently travelled to the one of the areas in Africa affected by the current Ebola virus disease outbreak.
'The appropriate national guidelines, in line with international best practice, are being followed by the public health team dealing with the situation. This means that the body of the deceased has been isolated to minimise the potential spread of any possible virus.
'Blood samples have been sent for laboratory testing to confirm whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease.
'Until a diagnosis is confirmed, and as a precautionary measure, the individual's remains will stay in the mortuary pending the laboratory results which are expected late tomorrow.

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'The risk of transmission of any disease is considered to be extremely low. As a precautionary measure, appropriate infection control procedures are being put in place in the community and at the mortuary pending the outcome of laboratory tests.'
Dr Darina O'Flanagan of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre said: 'In general, the risk of contracting Ebola virus disease is extremely low and would involve very close personal contact with the infected individual or their body fluids for there to be any risk at all.
'We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we will know whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease. The appropriate public health guidelines are being followed at every stage in this process as a precaution.
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Ebola in Ireland? A man from Mountcharles, Donegal, has allegedly died after suffering symptoms of Ebola

One local man who knew the suspected victim said he was talking to him last week at a festival.
'I met him at the festival in Mountcharles last Friday,' he said.
'He was just home and as far as I know he was in Donegal since he came back from Sierra Leone. He could have been back two weeks or three weeks, I'm not sure.'
The man added: 'Everyone knew him. He was great company to be along with, he was a very nice fella.'
Health chiefs have stressed that the risk of transmission of any disease is considered to be 'extremely low' but precautionary measures have been put in place.
Ebola outbreak is an international public health emergency

Donegal Mayor John Campbell said the county was shocked but urged people not to panic.
'It is unconfirmed that it is Ebola at this stage and even if it was confirmed the chances of it being passed on to anyone else are very small so people shouldn't panic,' he said.
'It's a big shock in the area. I know the family well and our thoughts are with them.'


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Tests continue on suspected Ebola victim
Local man says he was speaking to victim at a festival in Mountcharles last week
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The man’s remains have been sent to Letterkenny General Hospital’s mortuary, which has been sealed off. However, there have been no visiting restrictions at the hospital.

Fri, Aug 22, 2014, 01:04

Tests are continuing on a man found dead in Co Donegal who is suspected of having been infected with the Ebola virus while working in west Africa.

The man, in his early 40s, was named locally as Dessie Quinn, from Doorin, outside Mountcharles, Co Donegal.
It is understood he had been living with his partner in Dublin but was visiting his large family in Co Donegal when he was taken ill.

Fr Adrian Gavigan, of Mountcharles, said he had visited Mr Quinn, noting the dead man’s family presumed he had died as a result of malaria.

Mr Quinn was being treated for malaria for the past number of weeks and was on medication.
He had been back in Ireland for two weeks on holiday from Sierra Leone, where he had been working for a telecommunications company, according to one source.

‘Awful shock’
Fr Gavigan said the Quinn family were well known in the area and well respected. “This has come as an awful shock to them. I genuinely hope that this is not confirmed,” he said of the suspected Ebola connection.

Mr Quinn’s remains have been sent to Letterkenny General Hospital’s mortuary, which has been sealed off and will remain so overnight. But there have been no visiting restrictions at the hospital.

The Health Service Executive would only say the remains of a person who recently returned from an area of Africa hit by the outbreak were found in Co Donegal.

“Until a diagnosis is confirmed, and as a precautionary measure, the individual’s remains will stay in the mortuary pending the laboratory results, which are expected late tomorrow,” said a HSE spokesman.

One local who knew the suspected victim said he was talking to him last week at a festival.

“I met him at the festival in Mountcharles last Friday,” he said. “He was just home and as far as I know he was in Donegal since he came back from Sierra Leone. He could have been back two weeks or three weeks, I’m not sure.
“Everyone knew him. He was great company to be along with, he was a very nice fella.”
The HSE has stressed that the risk of transmission of any disease is considered to be “extremely low” but precautionary measures were in place.
Dr Darina O’Flanagan, head of the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre, said a person would have to be in very close personal contact with an infected individual or their body fluids for there to be any risk.
Laboratory tests
“We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we will know whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease,” she said.
“The appropriate public health guidelines are being followed at every stage in this process as a precaution.”
Donegal mayor John Campbell urged people not to panic. “I know the family well and our thoughts are with them,” he said. – (Additional reporting: PA)

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