Nigerian Tourist Quarantined in Israeli Hospital for Fear She Contracted Ebola

Medical teams say however that the probability the woman is ill with the virus is low.

Ido Efrati
The Associated Press
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Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center.Credit: Daniel Bar-On
Ido Efrati
The Associated Press

A Nigerian tourist who landed in Israel on Friday was quarantined in Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center for fear she may have contracted the Ebola virus.
This is the first time a case of the virus is suspected in Israel.

The woman, 28, arrived in Israel with symptoms that included a fever. Given the fact that she arrived from West Africa, medical teams decided to place her in quarantine as a precaution.

Professor Yonatan Halevi, General Manager of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, said the probability that the woman contracted Ebola is low. He added that preliminary tests show the women suffers from a bacterial infection, not from Ebola.

However, the woman's blood samples were sent to a special laboratory in Nes Tziona, and doctors are hoping to get the results back by the end of the day.

The woman, a nurse by profession, spent time last month at a Nigerian hospital. But medical officials said if indeed that is where she contracted Ebola, her condition should have been much worse.

The virus has killed 1,900 people out of 3,500 cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal since March, in the worst outbreak since Ebola was first uncovered in 1976. The pace of the epidemic has accelerated with close to 400 deaths in the past week.

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