KZN man tests negative for Ebola

The man was tested after complaining of mild symptoms following his return home from Sierra Leone.

FILE: The biggest recorded outbreak of the deadly virus has killed around 5,000 people. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says a KwaZulu-Natal man who returned from Sierra Leone has tested negative for the Ebola virus.

The man is a fleet manager for a construction company in the West African country and complained of mild symptoms after returning home on Wednesday.

The NICD's Lucille Bloomberg says tests which were conducted on the man returned negative.

"Ebola is not spread through the air. It's really people who may be handling blood of infected patients who are at risk or if they are not protected by adequate clothing."

The biggest recorded outbreak of the deadly virus has killed around 5,000 people, according to the World Health Organization, mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Some aid groups have criticised the scale of the initial international response.


An analysis of the first Ebola cases in Sierra Leone helps draw a clearer picture of why some people survive the disease, while others do not, including their age and the pace at which the virus replicates within their body.

The study published on Wednesday is based on data gathered from 106 patients diagnosed with Ebola at the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone from 25 May to 18 July.

Some of the data on this group was incinerated because of fears that the nurses' station where the records were kept became contaminated.

But the team managed to analyse detailed clinical records from a total of 44 Ebola patients, the biggest trove yet from the outbreak in West Africa that has killed nearly 5,000 people.

Additional reporting by Reuters.