New Zealand second healthcare worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone has tested negative for the Ebola virus. The
worker, who has just been cleared of having the virus ,was tested for
it after developing minor symptoms that Health Minister Jonathan Coleman
said “required the Ebola virus to be ruled out”.
The unnamed person was airlifted to Wellington Hospital and was kept in one of the facility’s isolation units.
Blood samples from the patient were sent to a high-security laboratory in Melbourne.
Dr Coleman said today the patient’s condition had since improved and they had been discharged from Wellington Hospital.
“Laboratory testing and clinical assessment has confirmed that the patient does not have Ebola,” Dr Coleman said.
“The individual will continue to self-monitor for the
remainder of the 21-day period, as required for healthcare workers
returning from assisting in the Ebola response in West Africa.”
Last month, another healthcare worker tested negative for Ebola at Christchurch Hospital.
Dr Coleman said New Zealand was well placed to respond to such situations.
was demonstrated last month when a separate returning healthcare worker
was tested to rule out Ebola. It is pleasing to see all the preparation
A person with Ebola is not infectious until they display symptoms.
virus is spread by direct contact with an infected individual, and is
transmitted through contact with blood or other body fluids.