WHO responds to Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa

Indian Quarantined at Delhi Airport Tested Negative for Ebola

The Indian man, who had travelled to Liberia and got infected with Ebola but cured, continues to be symptom free and his tests for the killer virus have been found negative, an official statement said Saturday.

“The 26-year-old male, Indian, who had undergone Ebola treatment in Liberia, is presently quarantined at Airport Health Organization Quarantine Centre, New Delhi,” the statement said.

“His urine and saliva samples were tested at National Centre for Disease Control Nov 21 and have been found negative for Ebola Virus,” it added.

Union Health and Family Welfare Secretary Lov Verma held a video conference with principal secretaries, health, of states and union territories to discuss measures against the disease.

“The need to strengthen surveillance at ports and airports was emphasized. States were informed that central teams would again be visiting designated ports and airports to review the passenger screening,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, health ministry officials have decided to conduct surprise inspections of passengers at all the airports and hospitals to deal with any incidence of Ebola outbreak in the country, an official said.

State health departments have been asked to train private doctors and para medical staff at leading hospitals to deal with any suspected Ebola patient, he said.


(With inputs from IANS)

One comment

  1. This article (Indian Quarantined at Delhi Airport Tested Negative for Ebola) is dangerously misleading.

    The man in question arrived at the Indian airport “free of ebola” BY BLOOD TESTING. The blood tests we have now for Ebola are not sensitive enough to pick up early signs of an Ebola virus infection. That is why a first negative response should be repeated within 72 hours.

    The last flood of articles about this man’s contagiousness indicated testing of his SWEAT and URINE was negative, thus making it unlikely he would have spread the virus to others ON THE AIR-FLIGHT he took to India. However, that is very, very different from assuming he is noncontagious to others in the general public, ESPECIALLY HIS SEXUAL PARTNERS.

    The reason he has been quarantined is because his SEMEN tested positive. They are still awaiting results of tests of his urine and feces.

    I am requesting that you write a retraction and clarification of your headline, with an explanation, because the result of your false-negative headline announcement, and lack of clarification in the article, has made the entire world believe this man is REALLY Ebola-free.

    To date, there has been no news about whether or not his SEMEN has tested negative.

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