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Six suspected Ebola cases in SA

The NICD has stressed that none of these reported cases have been confirmed.

A picture taken on 24 July 2014 shows staff of the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse putting on protective gear in the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says two cases of suspected Ebola have been tested out of six requests and neither tested positive.

The four cases which weren't tested involved people who simply thought they had contracted the virus after travelling to West Africa.

The institute has been discussing the latest developments around the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa just a day after the World Health Organisation confirmed that 729 people have died from the epidemic in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria.

The institute is currently briefing the media in Johannesburg on the latest developments of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

The NICD once again appealed for South Africans not to panic.

To date, there have been over 1,000 reported cases of the virus and over 700 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

The institute says the risk of infection for travelers is generally considered low since most human infections result from direct bodily fluids being exchanged.

Government has put in place legislation that foreigners with a confirmed diagnosis may not come into the country for treatment as a precaution to keep South Africa free from Ebola.

The country's ports of entry are also being closely monitored.

Meanwhile, Nigeria has quarantined two people suspected of being infected with the virus and has placed 69 others under surveillance.

Health officials say the 71 people came into contact with Liberian government consultant Patrick Sawyer who died from the virus earlier this week in a Lagos hospital.

World Health Organisation officials say the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever.

A new global response plan - worth over a R1 billion - is being rolled out in West Africa to try and stop the spread of the virus.

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