France’s suspected Ebola case tests negative

PARIS, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) — French Health Minister Marisol Touraine on Friday announced that sample analysis of a suspected Ebola case has been proven negative.

At a press conference, Touraine said the patient was not infected with Ebola virus. She added sample analysis of 11 another suspected cases was negative.

The patient, who returned from Liberia and was suspected of catching the deadly virus, had been confined in an isolation ward at Bichat hospital in Paris.

On Sept. 19, a French nurse with volunteer organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) returned home after being infected with Ebola virus during a mission in Liberia.

The nurse, the first Ebola case reported in France, left hospital on Saturday.

“No other case have been diagnosed in France,” the minister said, promising to immediately inform about any Ebola cases that could be reported in France.

She also stressed that all must be done to avoid fuelling anxiety in the country.

She recommended that nationals avoid travelling to zones of high risk of contamination.

In coordination with MSF, the French health minister said a military hospital in the forests of Guinea would be set up in November to help treating infected people in the region.

A building at Cergy-Pontoise in Paris northern suburbs was sealed off on Thursday evening after two men of African origin had developed symptoms of Ebola virus including fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding.

Suspicions had been lifted on negative analysis.

According to the latest World Health Organization’s report, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 3865 people and infected more than 7400 others since March.