A woman who had symptoms of the deadly virus ebola has been cleared of having the virus a short time ago. The woman who is understood to have recently visited Nigeria was taken to the National Isolation Unit at the Mater Hospital today after falling ill at her Dublin home, but the HSE has now confirmed the woman does not have the deadly disease.
A spokesperson for the HSE released a statement in which they said: “The patient was considered a low risk for the Ebola Virus but this has now been ruled out,” the HSE said in a statement released this lunchtime. “The HSE must, and does, take each Ebola scenario seriously no matter how low the risk. All appropriate infection control procedures are being taken by all relevant healthcare personnel.”
Gardaí had earlier cordoned off the roads at the request of the HSE.
The woman is believed to be receiving continuing treatment at the Mater hospital, and the HSE has said it will preserve the confidentiality of her medical records.
The HSE also have said that the likely hood of the ebola virus reaching Ireland is ‘very Low’ and are reminding the public not to panic. However they have confirmed they are fully equipped to deal with such an outbreak.