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Deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever case at La Fe hospital sparks 'emergency protocol'
25 June 2014 @ 15:07

MEDICS at Valencia's La Fe hospital have had to step up precautions to prevent an outbreak of the potentially-deadly Ebola virus.

A man who had just come off a plane from an unnamed African country was admitted to the hospital on Monday night showing symptoms of Ebola haemorrhagic fever, a contagious as well as infectious disease which causes internal and external bleeding.

Death rates are extremely high and as many as nine in 10 people who catch it fail to survive.

All staff who have had contact with the patient have had to wear disposable gowns covering as much of their bodies as possible, as well as masks, which have since been burnt.

Although the diagnosis has not been confirmed, the man's symptoms make it appear 'very likely' he is suffering from the disease.

Tests have been carried out urgently and the patient is said to be in a stable condition in an isolation ward, with high-security and stringent cleaning and disinfecting procedures put in place.



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