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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:07 pm 
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Here's a brief recap of what we know so far.

A 44-year-old man has died in Donegal in the first suspected case of the Ebola virus in Ireland.

The man died at his parents' home on Wednesday night. He was reportedly being treated for malaria.

It's understood he was working in Sierra Leone and had returned home for a holiday some time last week.

He had been spotted out in public by a close pal - who said he saw the man at a festival in Mountcharles last week.

His remains were taken to Letterkenny Hospital where tests are being carried out to determine the cause of his death.

A post mortem will be carried out tomorrow.


http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/breaking-live-updates-hse-investigate-4086466

Sounds like the MonteFest

https://www.facebook.com/MonteFest?hc_location=timeline

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:26 pm 
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This 3-day event opens tonight and continues right through until the wee hours of Sunday night.

The opening ceremony at 8pm tonight features a parade with the Ardaghey Pipe Band, Donegal Town Band and the Killybegs Band as well as Children’s Fancy Dress.

Then it’s off to the Shamrock Bar for the Festival Queen competition and dance.

The rest of the weekend is packed fun-filled activities for all the family including novelty competitions, motorbike run and soap box race.

Click here Monte Fest to go to the Monte Fest Facebook page for the full programme of activities.

http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/what-s-on ... -1-5398238

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:34 pm 
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Thu, Aug 21, 2014, 21:12

First published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014, 18:11

Tests are being carried out for the Ebola virus and isolation procedures have been put in place after the death of a man in Co Donegal.

It is understood the deceased had been working in Sierra Leone and that a number of colleagues had contracted the virus there. He was found dead late last night and taken to Letterkenny General Hospital, it is understood.

While the cause of death is unknown the HSE is carrying out tests to see whether it was due to exposure to Ebola.


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.

In a statement, the HSE said it was 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,” it said.

“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.”

The statement said blood samples had 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.”

The HSE said the risk of transmission of any disease was considered to be “extremely low”.

But 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, head of the HSE 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.”

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 World Health Organization said yesterday that 2,473 people have been infected and 1,350 have died since the Ebola outbreak was identified in remote southeastern Guinea in March. Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria are the countries affected by the outbreak.

Ebola was recorded in Spain last week when a Spanish priest evacuated from Liberia died of the illness.

The disease is one of the deadliest known to humanity. It has no proven cure and there is no vaccine. The rigorous use of quarantine is needed to prevent its spread, as well as high standards of hygiene for anyone who might come into contact with it.

The South African government said today that due to fears over the spread of the Ebola virus it was banning travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from entering the country, apart from its own citizens.

Travellers from Nigeria, where there is a much smaller outbreak, will be allowed entry.

South African citizens returning from the three highest risk countries will be permitted entry but will be subject to a stricter screening process, a government statement said.

A senior health official in Togo said today that two suspected cases, including a sailor from the Philippines, were being tested for the virus.

Three African doctors, also treated with ZMapp in Liberia, have shown remakable signs of improvement, Liberia’s information minister Lewis Brown said on Tuesday.

Additional reporting: Reuters/PA

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 4:49 pm 
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Ebola virus fears in Ireland: Face of Irishman health officials fear may have died from the deadly disease


Aug 21, 2014 21:05
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Dessie Quinn, 44, passed away on Wednesday night at his parents house in Donegal after returning home from Sierra Leone


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Dessie Quinn

A 44-year-old man 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 passed away in his parents home on Wednesday night.

His remains 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.

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Letterkenny General Hospital

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

It's understood the man 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."

Local priest Fr Adrian Gavigan, of Mountcharles, confirmed that he had visited Mr Quinn today. (thurs)

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 this afternoon (THURS).

“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 erected at the man’s home.

He added that 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."

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/health-news/ebola-virus-fears-ireland-face-4087050


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:53 pm 
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Local priest Fr Adrian Gavigan, of Mountcharles, confirmed that he had visited Mr Quinn before his death.

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 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 said.

http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/breaking-live-updates-hse-investigate-4086466


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