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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:16 pm 
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Ebola tests on Donegal deceased due today
Friday, August 22, 2014

By Stephen Rogers and Paddy Clancy
Test results expected later today will reveal whether a man found dead in Donegal yesterday died of ebola.

Dessie Quinn, 43, returned to Ireland from work in Sierra Leone within the last fortnight.

The father of one had been living in Dublin but was visiting members of his family in Mountcharles.

He took ill shortly before 2.30am and died at his parents’ home.

His body was transferred to Letterkenny General Hospital. Family friends said he was under treatment for malaria in Africa.

One local said Mr Quinn had been at a festival in the town as recently as last weekend and that “he had just seemed like the same old Dessie I always knew — he was not sick-looking”. The local said he understood Mr Quinn had been sent home from Sierra Leone because of the ebola outbreak.

The HSE said it was assessing a suspected ebola case in an individual who had recently travelled to an African area affected by the current outbreak. It said the risk of transmission of any disease “is considered to be extremely low”, adding the remains had been isolated in a mortuary until blood samples were tested.

Donegal mayor John Campbell said people in the local community should not panic and should await the results of the blood tests.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:19 pm 
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Results are due after tests were carried out on the remains of a man amid fears he had the Ebola virus
22 AUGUST 2014

Health chiefs are awaiting blood test results today on a suspected Ebola case in Ireland after a man who recently returned from Africa died suddenly.

The remains of the suspected victim are being kept in an isolated section of a hospital in Co Donegal until experts determine whether or not he had contracted the deadly disease.

Test results are expected later today.

Locals named the man as father of one as Dessie Quinn, aged 43, from the Doorin area, outside Mountcharles, Co Donegal. 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 returning 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 yesterday 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," a HSE spokesman said last night.

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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About KN | Company Overview
KN Network Services (KNNS) are providers to the Telecommunications, Civil Engineering, Rail, Electricity, and Energy Sectors in Ireland, UK and Internationally. We have operated in these markets since 1975. Our focus is to provide fully managed services to the markets and sectors we serve.
Our core competencies continue to be our expertise in civil engineering, fixed networks (copper and fibre), wireless technologies, rail infrastructure and our project management capabilities. KNNS also execute many projects internationally with particular reference to providing complete telecom solutions to the mining sector in remote and harsh environments.
Not losing sight of our customers changing requirements has driven us to be innovative and proactive in delivering solutions that meet our customers' expectations.
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KN Network Services aims to be a market leader through exceptional service and exceptional people. We provide value to our clients with a professional service, delivering a quality product within a safe environment. We set out to understand the needs of our customers, our people and our supplies. We respond to these needs and operate with fairness, clarity and appreciation.

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About KN | Company Overview
KN Network Services (KNNS) are providers to the Telecommunications, Civil Engineering, Rail, Electricity, and Energy Sectors in Ireland, UK and Internationally. We have operated in these markets since 1975. Our focus is to provide fully managed services to the markets and sectors we serve.
Our core competencies continue to be our expertise in civil engineering, fixed networks (copper and fibre), wireless technologies, rail infrastructure and our project management capabilities. KNNS also execute many projects internationally with particular reference to providing complete telecom solutions to the mining sector in remote and harsh environments.
Not losing sight of our customers changing requirements has driven us to be innovative and proactive in delivering solutions that meet our customers' expectations.
Mission Statement
KN Network Services aims to be a market leader through exceptional service and exceptional people. We provide value to our clients with a professional service, delivering a quality product within a safe environment. We set out to understand the needs of our customers, our people and our supplies. We respond to these needs and operate with fairness, clarity and appreciation.

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Tests under way for Ebola following Donegal death
Man who died had been working in an area of Africa affected by the virus outbreak

Thu, Aug 21, 2014, 21:12
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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

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:38 am 
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Ebola suspected case: Dessie Quinn's family 'not informed' about linkLetterkenny General Hospital
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The body of Dessie Quinn is being tested for the Ebola virus at Letterkenny General Hospital

A priest has said that the family of a Donegal man, suspected to have died from the Ebola virus, first heard of any possible link to the disease through the media.

Fr Adrian Gavigan said the family of Dessie Quinn were "very annoyed" after health authorities said his body was being tested for the virus.

Mr Quinn died after he suffered what are described as Ebola-like symptoms.

Fr Gavigan said he was being treated for malaria.

It is understood Mr Quinn, from the Mountcharles area, had visited Sierra Leone a number of weeks ago as part of his job as an engineer.

Tests for the Ebola virus are being carried out on his body, the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) has said.

The results of the tests, being carried out at Letterkenny General Hospital, are expected later on Friday.

Fr Gavigan said: "The family are very annoyed by it. They are grieving. They have lost a son, a brother.

'Distraught'

"In its own way, that is very hard to take when there is a sudden death. However, this was the first time they had heard of this news.

"He was a young man being treated for malaria for a number of weeks.

"They are very distraught, numb at his death. It is a shock. If anything, they are grieving more than they are angry.

"However, I am very angry and think it was very impersonal for the HSE to release a statement without giving the family any warning."

Sierra Leone map The man had recently returned from Sierra Leone in West Africa, where over 1,300 people have died from the disease
In a statement on Thursday, the HSE said blood samples had been sent for laboratory testing to confirm whether or not Mr Quinn had the Ebola virus.

"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 (on Friday)."

The post-mortem room at the hospital will remain sealed-off for up to 18 hours.

'Valued'

Mr Quinn's employer, Dublin-based firm KN Network Services, said they had returned all their staff from Sierra Leone as "a precaution" following the news.

In a statement, it said: "The management and board of KN Network Services express their deepest sympathies and sorrow to the family and friends of the late Dessie Quinn following his untimely death.

"Dessie was an extremely hard working and valued member of staff and was very popular with all his colleagues and he will be missed by everybody who worked with him.

"The company have offered their support to the Quinn family in Donegal.

"They are also liaising with Dessie's fellow work colleagues from Sierra Leone on an ongoing basis about the necessary supports, updates, precautions and company contacts as they await the outcome of the medical examination by the HSE in Letterkenny General Hospital later today."

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LOCALS ‘VERY ANGRY’ TO HEAR FROM MEDIA, AND NOT FROM HSE, THAT EBOLA MAY HAVE CAUSED DONEGAL MAN’S DEATH

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014


The family of a man who died after he returned home from working in west Africa have said they heard from the media, and not directly from the HSE, that he may have contracted Ebola.

The man, named locally as Dessie Quinn, aged 43, from the Doorin area outside Mountcharles, had reportedly been working in Sierra Leone as an engineer with a telecommunications company before he returned home two weeks ago.

Parish priest of Mountcharles Fr Adrian Gavigan said Mr Quinn had apparently been suffering from malaria and that is what the family believe caused his death.

It is understood the family are hoping to get the results of the blood tests at around midday.

The HSE declined to comment on when the checks would be completed or when information would be passed on to the family and the public.

Relatives, friends and neighbours gathered at the home in Doorin late last night and Mr Quinn's friend, who was with him in the hours before he was found dead, was also at the house.

Fr Gavigan told Highland Radio he was angry at how the family found out that Ebola was being considered as a possible cause of death.

"We heard this news flash yesterday evening that there was to be an investigation…But up to then we believed malaria was the cause (of Mr Quinn's death)," he said.

"I certainly was very angry yesterday evening that the nation was told before the family that there was going to be an investigation."

"It was told to the public, it was not told to the family," he said.

"Truthfully I was angry. When I heard this report I went back down to the family home for the very reason that you'd wonder what are they thinking when they hear this.

"The family told me that they had no word at all from the Health Service Executive that this is what is being investigated. They could see I was pretty angry."

Fr Gavigan added: "I am amazed by the approach. It is distracting for the family and it worsens their grief."

Later, in a statement, the HSE insisted it maintained close contact with the Quinn family following the death and only issued the statement on the back of media reports.

"The HSE was in contact with some family members from the outset of the tragic situation yesterday," a spokeswoman said.

"The story broke in the media just before 6pm yesterday at which point the HSE had to make a public statement on the matter, given the urgency and nature of a public health issue such as this.

"The HSE has expressed its sincere condolences to the family for their loss."

Jonathan Ball, Professor of Virology at Nottingham University, said it was difficult to tell Ebola and malaria apart without laboratory tests.

Mr Quinn, the father of a five-year-old boy, was working with telecoms firm KN Network Services in the west African country where his brother Martin had also been based.

The company had brought all expatriate staff out of Sierra Leone as a precaution following the outbreak of Ebola.

The World Health Organisation has put the number of people infected with the deadly virus at 2,473. Some 1,350 have died since the disease was identified in Guinea in March and spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

Ebola has no cure and rigorous quarantine measures are used to stop its spread, as well as high standards of hygiene for anyone who might come into contact with sufferers.

Mr Quinn, whose girlfriend and son live in Dublin, had returned to his family home in Doorin, Mountcharles, Donegal, to spend time with relatives and friends.

Although he was being treated for malaria on his return, he was not an inpatient in hospital and was well enough to be out socialising with friends in the evenings before he died. He had gone to bed at a friend's house on Wednesday night after complaining of feeling unwell.

Health chiefs are expecting the results of blood tests later today following a post-mortem examination at Letterkenny General Hospital.

Mr Quinn's body remains there, isolated in the mortuary.

The Health Service Executive said it is investigating the death for suspected links to Ebola as a precaution and that the risk of transmission is considered to be "extremely low".

It also said that appropriate infection control procedures have been put in place in the community as a precaution.

Scores of locals in the townland of Doorin called at the family home throughout the day yesterday to offer condolences, and relatives were not informed of any restrictions or precautionary measures.

Dr Darina O'Flanagan, head of the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre, said someone 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."

Mr Quinn's brother Martin had also worked in Sierra Leone for a number of years but left before the start of the year.

It is understood the engineer told people he was tested for the Ebola virus on leaving the west African country.

He has nine brothers, two of whom are returning from Australia for the funeral, and three sisters, one of whom has come home from New York.

KN Network Services issued a statement expressing its deepest sympathies.

"Dessie was an extremely hard-working and valued member of staff and was very popular with all his colleagues and he will be missed by everybody who worked with him," the company said.

The firm said it has offered support to the family in Donegal and is liaising with Mr Quinn's colleagues from Sierra Leone about the necessary support, updates, precautions and company contacts ahead of the blood test results.

"KNNS have also had ongoing contacts and discussions with HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Centre. The company had already returned all their staff from Sierra Leone as a precaution," the firm said.

KN Networks Services said all its remaining staff in Sierra Leone were removed from the country last Saturday and were screened for Ebola on their departure.

There were no positive tests or signs of symptoms for the disease, a company spokesman said.

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