Ebola: SA woman tests negative

The woman was quarantined in Nigeria after presenting Ebola-like symptoms, but ended up having food poisoning.

A worker in a Personal Protection Equipment suit (PPE) uses a stick to move garbage inside the high-risk quarantined zone of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia on 5 September,2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says a South African woman, who was quarantined in Nigeria for Ebola tests, was found to have had food poisoning instead.

The woman was taken in for testing after she presented Ebola-like symptoms.

More than 2,300 people have died from Ebola since it broke out it West Africa in recent months.

The woman is reportedly back in South Africa after testing negative for the virus.

She was quarantined in Nigeria, where she underwent tests as she had been working in Guinea and Sierra Leone, two of the worst affected countries.

The NICD's Doctor Lucille Blumberg says, "She was quite ill, there was a lot of vomiting. In-line with their protocol she was detained."

Precautions are being taken to stop Ebola from reaching South Africa.