SA man admitted to Johannesburg hospital for Ebola tests

Johannesburg - A 37-year-old South African man, working as health and safety officer in a mining operation in Liberia, was admitted to hospital on Sunday, the department of health said.

Spokesperson Joe Maila said the man arrived in the country on 6 August.

"He was scanned as normal routine in accordance with screening protocols for incoming travellers at the OR Tambo International Airport," he said in a statement.

"He was healthy on arrival and the scanner revealed no problem nor raised temperature."

He said the man had no contact with any patients while in Liberia and he was not involved in patient care.

On 16 August, the man went to his general practitioner due to fever, said Maila.

"Following on the protocols issued to all private and public practitioners and health facilities, the doctor contacted the National Institute for Communicable Diseases [NICD] to discuss the patient.

"Based on results of the initial blood tests the decision was made to continue to monitor the patient at home and to repeat the blood tests today [Sunday]," he said.

"His temperature increased and it was decided that he be admitted at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital for further assessment and investigations."

He said the NICD regarded the patient as low risk for the Ebola virus disease.

"However, as a precautionary measure, given his history of working in Liberia the protocol developed for haemorrhagic fevers needed to be followed."

Results likely Monday

He said the public would be informed of the results as they become available. The results were likely to be available on Monday.

"The country continues to be on high alert," he said.

On 14 August, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said there were no known Ebola cases in South Africa.

A Guinea woman, suspected to have been infected with the virus, has tested negative for Ebola.

She was admitted at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital because she was in labour, she had high fever and she was screened for the virus, Motsoaledi said.

He said many people landed from Ebola-hit West Africa without Ebola.

Nozipho Mayihlome 2014-08-17 08:25:47 PM
Heavenly Father i pray that this Ebola virus doesnt attack RSA,we have ignorant politicians who are holding office and very arrogant when it comes to the people they leady..please Lord protect us,Amen
Nozipho Mayihlome 2014-08-17 08:26:00 PM
Heavenly Father i pray that this Ebola virus doesnt attack RSA,we have ignorant politicians who are holding office and very arrogant when it comes to the people they leady..please Lord protect us,Amen
Nozipho Mayihlome 2014-08-17 08:26:12 PM
Heavenly Father i pray that this Ebola virus doesnt attack RSA,we have ignorant politicians who are holding office and very arrogant when it comes to the people they leady..please Lord protect us,Amen
Wayne Malcime Peterson 2014-08-17 08:28:56 PM
Damnit this better not come out as positive because if it does It mean the people he came In contact with since the 6th might also be infected
Thabelo Shoeshoe Moshoeshoe 2014-08-17 08:33:43 PM
could this be d beginning of terror in our country? I hate being selfish bt im with Donald Trump they mustn't make us suffer Leave them 2 die alone .no travelling till dis is over.
Makhokolotso Mk Mitchell 2014-08-17 08:34:41 PM
Let's hope its negative hey, if otherwise then one can only think how many ppl were let in through that ineffective scanner***
Renier Smith 2014-08-17 08:47:00 PM
Bertus please pin point incompetence. I am an x paramedic and my wife a highly compitent nurse so please specify
Abra Dhlamini 2014-08-17 08:50:41 PM
They want to see how fast can spread in the continent of Africa, Yes! Why they accepting people coming from those countries flying all over in Africa, while they know that they've no medicine for disease! Look all the Doctors of America that they've been working over their all are affected positive by Ebola.
Mickey Meji 2014-08-17 09:00:58 PM
I hope that he tests negative for Ebola. Crisis!
Tumelo Skhithe Mpholo 2014-08-17 09:01:27 PM
Minister of health do something about this,because no way to run