"He is an American and records showed that he had been to Guinea and
Sierra Leone in the past few weeks," a senior health ministry
official told Reuters. Test results are expected later on Monday.
The Ministry of Health said in a statement a patient, who has not
been named, was in quarantine at Nyaho clinic in Accra and tests
were being conducted at Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical
Research in Accra. It urged the public to remain calm.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. embassy in Ghana said it had been
informed by the laboratory that a U.S. citizen was being tested for
suspected Ebola and it was working to confirm this.
Health officials have called for regional action to halt the world's
deadliest outbreak of the disease, which has spread across Guinea,
Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing at least 467 people since
Ebola causes fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhoea and kills up to
90 percent of those it infects. Highly contagious, it is transmitted
through contact with blood or other fluids.
A previous suspected Ebola case in Ghana tested negative in April.
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(Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo and Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by David
Lewis and Robin Pomeroy)
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