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Brazil Warns of First Suspected Ebola Case as Disease Spreads

Friday, 10 Oct 2014 09:01 AM

Brazil has reported its first suspected case of Ebola as the deadly virus spreads outside of Africa, according to a statement on the Health Ministry website.

A Guinean man who arrived in Brazil on Sept. 19 was admitted to a hospital with fever yesterday and transferred to a Rio de Janeiro health facility at about 5 a.m. today, Folha de S. Paulo reported. The patient has not shown other symptoms of the disease such as hemorrhaging and vomiting, the ministry said.

Global officials are stepping up measures to contain Ebola after the disease killed more than 3,800 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia this year. A Madrid hospital this week expanded its monitoring of people who may be at risk for contracting the illness after a nursing assistant became infected. The U.K. and the U.S. said that they will screen passengers arriving from West Africa.

Brazilian authorities isolated the 47-year-old patient, who became ill while in the southern state of Parana, and followed national protocol, according to today’s statement. The man was flown to Rio de Janeiro in a plane provided by federal police.

Ebola has a fatality rate of about 50 percent and is transmitted by direct contact with a sick person’s blood or other bodily fluids. Early signs of the disease are fever and flu-like symptoms.

Brazil’s Health Minister Arthur Chioro will speak in Brasilia about the case at 10:00 a.m. local time today.

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