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Suspected case of Ebola in Singapore tested negative: MOH

The Ministry of Health confirms there has been one suspected case of Ebola in Singapore so far, but it turns out the person merely had tonsilitis.

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) says there has been one suspected Ebola case in Singapore as of Thursday (Aug 28), but the individual has tested negative.

Responding to queries by Channel NewsAsia, MOH said the person who had high fever, had travelled to one of the affected areas and was referred to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) on Aug 16. This person was subsequently diagnosed with tonsilitis.

MOH offered no other details on this latest case. Two days before that case came to its attention, it had already debunked an erroneous newspaper report that a Nigerian woman in Singapore was suspected of having Ebola.

MOH added that circulars have been sent to doctors and hospitals on the identification of suspect cases and for transfer to TTSH for further management. Testing will be conducted in hospital under strict isolation conditions and infection control.

General Practioners have also been informed of the case definition for a suspect case and how to transfer these suspect cases to TTSH, said the health ministry. GPs managing an Ebola patient will have to don Personal Protective Equipment and the patient will have to be isolated.

More than 1,500 people have died from the latest Ebola outbreak, and the World Health Organisation warns that the number of cases could exceed 20,000 before the outbreak is stemmed. Initial symptoms of the viral illness can include a sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain and a sore throat. Most of the deaths have been in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, with a handful of cases in Nigeria. 

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