Ebola: Man in SA being tested

A man in South Africa will undergo a battery of tests for the Ebola virus after coming down with a high fever.

Staff of the Christian charity, Samaritan's Purse, puts on anti-Ebola protective gear in the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital of Monrovia. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - A South African man is expected to undergo a battery of tests for Ebola at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, after being admitted on Sunday.

The 37-year-old, who was working as a health and safety officer in a mining operation in Liberia, arrived in the country earlier this month.

The health department says he was scanned at OR Tambo International Airport on arrival and no problems were detected at the time.

Department spokesperson Joe Maila says the man was admitted to hospital for further assessment after he came down with a high fever.

"The general practitioner called the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), just to have a discussion in terms of the condition of the person and we realised that it is better that the person be put on more tests and therefore the tests will be conducted."

The virus has already killed over 1,000 people in West Africa since the outbreak in March.

Meanwhile a team of experts from South Africa who are preparing to set up a mobile diagnostic Ebola laboratory in West Africa, say the best way to stop the virus is to start by confirming exactly who has been infected and then contain it.

The group has arrived in Sierra Leone and will start setting up their mobile offices in the next two days.

The team will begin with a security briefing today, while waiting for their equipment, tents and gear to arrive.

Professor Janusz Paweska says the team will wear full face masks, suits, gloves and other special clothing to ensure they don't contract the virus.

"It's definitely not an easy time for our families. Most of our staff members have children. But we believe we're well-trained."

He says the team will conduct tests on suspected Ebola patients to confirm the number of people who have the virus.