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Media reporting suspect fatal Ebola case in Mountcharles Donegal, Ireland ex-Freeport, Sierra Leone.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:57 pm 
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Thursday 21 August 2014
HSE investigating suspected case of Ebola
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VIDEO: HSE investigating suspected case of Ebola
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A full-scale health probe is underway in Donegal into the death of a man who may have contracted the deadly Ebola virus, health authorities have confirmed.

The body of the deceased man has been placed in isolation in Letterkenny hospital after showing possible symptoms of the killer virus.

The man, who is in his 40s, returned home from Sierra Leone two weeks ago. Before his death, he was being treated for malaria.

A source said the man's body was found this morning and no suspicion of Ebola arose until his death occurred.

Laboratory tests, which will confirm if he died from the virus will be available tomorrow. If the test on the man's body proves to be positive, the government's emergency task force will meet tomorrow.

The man died in the southwest of Dongeal, it has been confirmed.

The HSE revealed it is “currently assessing a suspected case of Ebola virus disease in Donegal.”

A spokeswoman said 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 spokeswoman continued: “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.”

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The spokewoman said: "The individual’s remains will stay in the mortuary pending the laboratory results which are expected late tomorrow”.

The HSE stressed 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.”

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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.”
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:59 pm 
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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
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Tests are being carried out for the Ebola virus and isolation procedures have been put in place after a death in Co Donegal. The person was found dead late last night and taken to Letterkenny General Hospital (pictured), it is understood. Photograph: Google Street View

Elaine Edwards, Martin Wall

Thu, Aug 21, 2014, 18:15
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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.


File photograph of a high level isolation apparatus. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire‘Low chance’ of Ebola being cause of Donegal death

World Health Organisation director general Margaret Chan and Keiji Fukuda, the assistant director general for health security, address the media after Geneva meeting. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/ReutersChances of Ebola spreading in developed world are extremely low

Ebola virus survivor Dr Kent Brantly (C) and his wife, Amber (L) arrive at news conference at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia today. Photograph: Erik S. Lesser/EPAEbola patients released from US hospital and pose ‘no risk’

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.”

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

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:05 pm 
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The man had previously been working in Sierra Leone, according to reports.

It's understood a number of his co-workers have also contracted the killer virus.

He was found dead late last night.


7:33 pm

It's understood the dead man is from the village of Mountcharles in Donegal.

He was home with friends and family and was undergoing treatment for malaria.


7:35 pm

Family friends said the man, who is believed to be 44, was taken ill shortly before 2.30am yesterday and died at his parents’ home.

The body was transferred to Letterkenny General Hospital following his death.


7:37 pm

Hours later the HSE said the public health department was made aware of the remains of an individual who had recently travelled to the one of the areas in Africa affected by the current Ebola virus disease outbreak.

The HSE 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.

"Blood samples have been sent for laboratory testing to confirm whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease.”

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


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:07 pm 
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21 August 2014 Last updated at 13:58 ET

Ebola outbreak: Suspected case in County Donegal
letterkenny general hospital The post-mortem room at Letterkenny General Hospital will remain sealed-off for up to 18 hours, while tests are carried out on the body
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Ebola outbreak

A suspected case of Ebola is being assessed in County Donegal, the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) has said.

It is understood that the body of a recently deceased man who had suffered what are described as Ebola-like symptoms was brought to Letterkenny General Hospital on Thursday.

The man had recently returned from Sierra Leone.

The HSE said tests were being carried out on the body.

It said: "The public health department was made aware earlier today of the remains of an individual, discovered early this morning, who had recently travelled to 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."
Liberia hand washing More than 1,300 people have died in West Africa since the outbreak was first reported in February

The HSE said the body had been isolated to minimise the potential spread of any possible virus.
Low risk

"Blood samples have been sent for laboratory testing to confirm whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease," the statement added.

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

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."

The BBC's Dublin correspondent Shane Harrison said the results of the tests could be known "as early as Friday".

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:11 pm 
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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 3:14 pm 
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Ireland testing dead person recently in Africa for Ebola

DUBLIN Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:25pm BST

(Reuters) - Ireland is testing a dead person who recently returned from Africa for the Ebola virus, the Health Service Executive (HSE) of Ireland said on Thursday.

Appropriate infection control procedures are being put in place in the community and at the mortuary in the north-west county of Donegal where the person's remains lie, pending the outcome of laboratory tests, the HSE said.

The test results are expected late on Friday and the risk of transmission of any disease is considered to be extremely low, it added in a statement.

"The public health department was made aware earlier today of the remains of an individual, discovered early this morning, who had recently traveled to one of the areas in Africa affected by the current Ebola virus disease outbreak," it said.

"Blood samples have been sent for laboratory testing to confirm whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease," the statement said.

It did not provide the age, gender or any other details about the dead person.

Very close personal contact with the infected individual or their body fluids would be needed for there to be any risk at all of contamination, Dr. Darina O' Flanagan, head of the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre, said in the statement.

The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that 2,473 people had been infected and 1,350 had died since the Ebola outbreak was identified in remote southeastern Guinea in March.

It said no cases of the disease had been confirmed so far outside of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, despite cases having been suspected elsewhere.

A Spanish priest died in hospital in Madrid last week, the first European infected by the virus, after contracting the disease while working for a non-governmental organization in Liberia.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Gareth Jones)

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/08/21/us-ireland-ebola-idUKKBN0GL1U520140821


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:21 pm 
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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."

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BODY OF MAN PUT IN ISOLATION IN LETTERKENNY AMID FEARS HE DIED FROM KILLER EBOLA DISEASE

August 21, 2014
BODY OF MAN PUT IN ISOLATION IN LETTERKENNY AMID FEARS HE DIED FROM KILLER EBOLA DISEASE
BREAKING NEWS: There has been a suspected case of killer disease Ebola in Co Donegal.

A man in his 40s and from Mountcharles was found dead showing signs of the disease.

The body of the person, who recently returned from Sierra Leone in Africa, has been put in isolation at Letterkenny General Hospital.

A statement from the HSE confirmed “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...

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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.


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