The Point (Banjul)

4 April 2014

Gambia: Ebola - Two Persons Samples Tested 'Negative'

The ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Banjul has revealed that the tests for Ebola at the regional reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, were "negative, meaning Ebola virus has been ruled out".

The Point reported on Thursday, readers would recall, that the ministry of Health announced that two persons, who arrived in the country from Guinea, were placed in an isolation ward pending the testing of their samples for Ebola in Dakar.

In its latest press release on the national preventive measures, the Health ministry thanked the general public "for supporting the surveillance network throughout the country". "The general public should continue to watch for the signs and symptoms of Ebola such as: vomitting, diarrhoea, sore throat, joint and muscle aches, stomach pain, headache, red eyes, and bleeding from body openings.

"To prevent Ebola, people should therefore avoid direct contact with body fluids of a person suffering from Ebola or has died of the disease.Strict personal hygiene through hand-washing should be adhered to at all times", the release advised.

"The ministry would like to assure the general that, to date, no confirmed case of Ebola has been reported in The Gambia.

"The ministry is taking the necessary preventive measures to protect the health of the general public, and wishes to reassure all that there is no need for panic, and people should go about their normal business, but must remain vigilant and report any suspected cases to the nearest health facilities", the release added.

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