U.S. citizen in Ghana
tests negative for Ebola
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[July 08, 2014]
ACCRA (Reuters) - A U.S.
citizen suspected of having Ebola because he fell ill
after visiting West African states battling the disease
has tested negative, a senior Ministry of Health
official told Reuters on Monday.
The man, who has not being named, is in quarantine at Nyaho clinic
in Accra and the blood tests were conducted at Noguchi Memorial
Institute of Medical Research in the city.
"It is negative," Badu Sarkodie, head of disease surveillance at the
Ghana Health Service, told Reuters, adding that further tests would
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
The highly contagious Ebola virus causes fever, vomiting, bleeding
and diarrhoea and kills up to 90 percent of those it infects. It is
transmitted through contact with blood or other fluids.
A previous suspected Ebola case in Ghana also tested negative in
April. <For a map of the region affected by Ebola, please click on
(Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg and
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