First Ebola Suspect in Romania

Update. Officially not Ebola, definitely a malaria case!

A 51-year old Romanian guy returns from Nigeria some 2 weeks ago. Nobody bothers to check him or his medical condition even if the Ebola outbreak dates back prior to his arrival.

ebolaThe man gets to go on holiday at the seaside and today he even queues outside the hospital accusing symptoms similar to Ebola. For two weeks, the guy wanders around the country, meets and greets family or friends, and only today checks in at the hospital.

The lab tests confirming or not Ebola will only be available after 72 hours since Romania does not have a lab facility to run such tests.

Some days ago, the health officials assured the population that an Ebola virus outbreak in Romania is unlikely. It takes 72 hours to find out.

According to the WHO, the transmission of Ebola is fairly quick:

Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.

Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola. Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness.

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About Cristina Popa

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