First Ebola case suspected at Ljubljana hospital

First Ebola case suspected at Ljubljana hospital

Ljubljana, April 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

Review Hari Stefanatos

The first suspected case of Ebola was admitted in the Ljubljana main hospital Thursday and it involves a Slovenian citizen who returned from an ebola-affected region of Africa with a severe fever, according to UKC Ljubljana officials.

This is the first suspected case of the deadly virus in Slovenia and has caused the mobilisation of the health authorities with all appropriate proceedings having been launched based on the appropriate protocol, said Alenka Kraigher, the head of the communicable disease division at the Public Health Institute.

The patient has been tested for the disease and preliminary results are to be released later today. According to protocol, the suspicion will be rejected if tests are negative for three days, while at present the patient is not displaying any signs of the disease apart from the high fever.

The patient, who is a health worker, is being treated in an isolated room at the infectious disease department. Health workers have been trained to use protective gear and all nurses and doctors in touch with the patient and are using full-body suits.

(Source: Sloveniatimes)