MoH says suspected Ebola patient died of Malaria

Family, friends freed from quarantine

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Ministry of Health confirmed that laboratory tests results of an Ethiopian patient suspected to have been suffering from Ebola and died on Wednesday was not infected by the deadly virus. The latest test was carried out by the South Africa-based National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD).

The patient, who recently returned from Sierra Leone, one of the worst-hit West African countries, was quarantined following Dr. Kesetebirhan Admashis arrival at the Bole International Airport two weeks ago after showing Ebola-like symptoms.

However, Ethiopian health minister Keseteberhan Admassu (MD) on Thursday dismissed speculation the patient had died of Ebola, saying tests had confirmed he was not infected with the virus.

“Our medical teams’ diagnostic tests have confirmed that the man was suffering of malaria. His condition, however, didn’t improve and subsequently [he] died of the disease,” Keseteberhan told journalists.

The deceased, Anbessaw Belay, was working for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Bo, Sierra Leone as an environmental health specialist and community educator.

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