Brazil Announces Its First Suspected Ebola Case

Brazil–Ebola Patient Reported In Brazil, Potential Threat Of Virus.

Brazil states it has identified a suspected Ebola case who arrived in Brazil on Thursday.

Souleymane Bah from Guinea, presented himself after showing a symptoms with a fever at a public health centre in the town of Cascavel in the southern state of Parana.

He has been flown to Rio de Janeiro to the National Institute of Infectology.

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Health Minister Arthur Chioro said everything was under control and “all health procedures were applied efficiently and with great success”.

Bah’s symptoms appeared on the 20th day after he left Guinea – within the 21-day incubation period.

Bah arrived in Brazil as a refugee and was granted leave to remain until 2015 by immigration police.

Sixty-four people who came into contact with Mr Bah, mostly health workers in Parana, are closely being monitored for symptoms of Ebola, although the Health Ministry says they are considered low risk.

News that the Ebola virus may have spread to Brazil came as the estimated death toll from the worst crisis on record topped 4,000, according to figures released Friday by the World Health Organization. As of Wednesday, nearly 8,400 suspected or confirmed Ebola cases had been reported in seven countries.

The Brazilian Health Ministry says it has contacted the World Health Organisation about these concerns.