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SA man being screened for Ebola

A 37-year-old South African man has been admitted to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.

The Department of Health says the man was working as a Health and Safety Officer in a mining operation in Liberia. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNEBSURG - A 37-year-old South African man has been admitted to Charlotte Maxeke hospital where he is being screened for Ebola.

The Department Of Health says the man was working as a Health and Safety Officer in a mining operation in Liberia.

He arrived in the country earlier this month.

The department says he was scanned at OR Tambo International Airport on arrival and the scanner revealed no problem at the time.

The man was admitted to hospital for further assessment earlier today after visiting his medical practitioner.

The ministry's Joe Malila says, "Because of the high fever presented we need to make sure all tests are done to establish exactly what the cause is."

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) regards the patient as low risk for the Ebola virus.

"However, as a precautionary measure, and given his history of working in Liberia the protocol developed for Haemorrhagic fevers is being followed."