Cross River Ebola Scare: ‘Laboratory Test On Suspected Ebola Patient Negative’

UCTHThe laboratory test carried out on the suspected Ebola patient has come out negative.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute, confirmed the good news at a press conference in Abuja, Friday.

He said the result which came in Friday morning tested negative for both Ebola and Lassa Fever.

The perm sec, however, said further tests are ongoing to know what caused the infection and death of the University of Calabar student.

According to Awute, the outcome of the tests will be announced on Monday.

He said: “Tests on the blood sample were run throughout the night and at 8:00am this morning, results confirmed that the deceased was negative for both the Ebola Virus and Lassa Fever Virus. Additional tests using next generation sequencing methods are currently being carried out at the Redeemers University African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Ede, Osun State, to confirm which virus must have caused the infection and death. The result of these tests is expected on Monday, October 12.

“The FMOH hereby confirms that there is no Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria, and thus Nigeria remains Ebola free. The general public is however advised to continue to observe good hygienic behavior that includes hand washing, hand sanitization and general environmental cleanliness”.

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