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Ebola doubt

Raiganj, Sept. 1: Blood samples of a man detected with the malaria parasite have been sent to Calcutta’s School of Tropical Medicine for an Ebola virus test as he has recently returned from Nigeria, one of the African countries that have reported many viral deaths.

Alip Das, 25, who is now admitted to a room on the ground floor of the district hospital here told doctors that he had returned from Nigeria six days ago and he had been working there as a labourer. He had reported to the health centre in Karandighi with fever yesterday. He was sent to the district hospital when he said he had recently returned from Nigeria.

Das has been kept in isolation in a single-bed room. Entry into the room is restricted for only to doctors and nurses. All those attending to him have been told to wear masks and surgical gloves.

Somnath Chatterjee, the superintendent of the district hospital, said blood tests had been conducted on Das. “We have sent samples to the School of Tropical Medicine for Ebola tests. The symptoms of Ebola are similar to those of malaria and is accompanied by joint pains, fever and headaches,” he said.