Nigerian Tourist Quarantined in Israeli Hospital Does Not Carry Ebola, Official Confirms

The patient's condition dramatically improved after having a bacterial infection treated with antibiotics on Saturday.

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Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center.Credit: Daniel Bar-On
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Doctors at Jerusaelm's Shaare Zedek Medical Center confirmed a Nigerian patient quarantined on Friday over fears she may have been suffering from Ebola is not suffering from the disease.

Professor Yonatan Halevi, General Manager of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, said Friday the probability that the woman contracted Ebola was low. After preliminary tests confirmed a bacterial infection, the patient's condition significantly improved over the course of Saturday following antibiotic treatment.

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.

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

Based on the improvement in her condition, it was decided in coordination with the Ministry of Health that she poses no danger to her surroundings, and she was released from quarantine.   

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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