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Australian man isolated in Ebola scare

Update: September, 11/2014 - 10:12

SYDNEY — An Australian was isolated in hospital Thursday after he displayed symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus following a trip to Africa, health officials said.

The man, in his 20s, was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in Queensland state by paramedics wearing full protective gear.

Reports said he returned from west Africa two days ago and had been seriously ill since. Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service chief executive Damian Green said more details about his condition would be released when they were known.

"Gold Coast Health can confirm a patient has been transferred to Gold Coast University Hospital after being identified by paramedics as having symptoms of Ebola virus," Green said in a statement.

"Gold Coast Health is taking necessary precautions and has isolated the patient, who is currently being assessed."

He added that the hospital had the necessary processes in place "to safely manage such circumstances."

More than 2,200 people have died in the Ebola outbreak gripping west Africa, with more than 4,200 cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria leaving medical teams in those countries overwhelmed.

The World Health Organisation has predicted an "exponential increase" in infections across west Africa, and warned that Liberia alone will face thousands of new cases in the coming weeks. — AFP


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