Briton, Who Has Never Been To Africa, Dies Of Suspected Ebola

Briton, Who Has Never Been To Africa, Dies Of Suspected Ebola

By Joseph Emmanuel | Staff Reporter on October 10, 2014
Kenyan health officials take passengers' temperatures as they arrive at the Jommo Kenyatta International Airport on Aug. 14, 2014, in Nairobi. The World Health Organization classified Kenya as a high-risk area for transmission of the deadly Ebola virus. (Photo Credit: Simon Maina, AFP/Getty Images)

The United Kingdom might just be having the first case of Ebola as a British man has been reported to have died of suspected Ebola in Macedonia on Thursday, October 9 ,2014.

The unnamed victim was reported never to have been to Africa, where the virus has killed more than 3,000 people.

Doctors say there is a possibility he might have died of excess intake of alcohol. Investigations is however on-going to determine whether he died of Ebola or not.

According to Dr Jovanka Kostovska, the Macedonian head of Infection Control, the victim suffered from fever, vomiting and internal bleeding for three days in his hotel room before he was discovered.

“He was exhibiting all symptoms of Ebola, which raises suspicions with this patient,” Kostovska said.

The 58-year-old victim flew directly from Britain to Skopje in Macedonia and has no history of ever being to Africa in the past years, giving the possibility that he contracted the virus in his home country.

Jovanka however said there is a possibility that he might have died of excess alcohol  which is likely to display similar symptoms.

She said: ‘We got information from several places that the patient frequently and in large quantities consumed alcohol, which can give a similar clinical picture and other diseases.”

The basis of concern, according to her, is the evidence that a 72-year-old friend of the deceased, has also shown symptoms of Ebola.


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