Date
18 October 2017
Doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where the woman is being treated in isolation for suspected Ebola infection, say she is in stable condition. The Ebola virus (inset) has no known cure. Photos: HKEJ, Utah People’s Post
Doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where the woman is being treated in isolation for suspected Ebola infection, say she is in stable condition. The Ebola virus (inset) has no known cure. Photos: HKEJ, Utah People’s Post

Hong Kong woman in isolation for Ebola-like symptoms

A Hong Kong woman has been placed in a hospital isolation ward after complaining of Ebola-like symptoms.

The woman recently returned from a trip to Africa where the deadly Ebola virus has killed more than 670 people, Phoenix TV reported Wednesday.

She felt ill one weak after arriving back in Hong Kong with symptoms associated with the virus — fever, dizziness and vomiting.

Doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where the woman is being kept in a sterile ward, said she is in stable condition.

She continues to undergo tests to verify her illness, local media reports said.

Meanwhile, Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said the Center for Health Protection and the Hospital Authority will hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss what steps to take.

They will issue a public notice to healthcare workers about the Ebola virus and when referrals are needed, Ko said.

“Although there are no direct flights between Hong Kong and west Africa, the virus can still spread to Hong Kong from other places,” Ko said.

He said the government has not received any report of any patient being taken ill by the virus.

Ebola has a mortality rate of up to 90 percent and has no known cure. Its most severe symptoms are internal and external bleeding.

In west Africa, half of infected patients died. Most of the 670 reported deaths are from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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