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‘Possible Ebola patient’ hospitalized in central Vietnam

Saturday, November 01, 2014, 22:27 GMT+7
‘Possible Ebola patient’ hospitalized in central Vietnam
A hospital staff member in Da Nang Hospital wears protective clothes before contacting a suspected Ebola patient on November 1, 2014.

A Vietnamese man who arrived from Guinea five days ago is suspected of having Ebola after showing a high fever and was quarantined in a hospital in central Vietnam’s Da Nang City on Saturday.

Initial information found that Hoan My Hospital based in Da Nang admitted a patient who arrived from Guinea, one of three countries in West Africa worst affected by Ebola, at some 10:30 am on November 1.  

The patient, identified as 26-year-old Chu Van Chung, had a high fever and headache upon his arrival at the hospital, according to Hoan My Hospital.

On the afternoon the same day, Chung was transported to Da Nang Hospital where he is being fully isolated and receiving special medical attention. About 4 to 5 staff members of the hospital in protective clothes are taking care of him.

Before returning to Vietnam, Chu had worked in Guinea for two years. He departed from Guinea five days ago and went through Morocco, Qatar before landing in Vietnam through Ho Chi Minh City-based Tan Son Nhat airport.

On October 31, Chung arrived in Da Nang City and stayed in a hotel on Le Dinh Duong Street.

With regard to this suspected Ebola case, the Department of Health of Da Nang organized an emergency meeting on the same day.

At the meeting, a representative from Da Nang Hospital said the suspected Ebola patient had a high fever (up to 40 degrees C) and was in a panic when he was admitted to the hospital.

According to the representative, the hospital received the suspected patient in accordance with guidelines for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) promulgated by Vietnam’s Ministry of Health.

The representative said the hospital has taken a sample of blood from the patient for testing and will announce the results in the next two days.

Pham Hung Chien, director of the Da Nang Department of Health, required Da Nang hospital to set up a special force to isolate the suspected Ebola patient and the hospital staff members who have contacted him alike.

WHO announced on Friday that there have been 13,567 reported Ebola cases in eight affected countries since the outbreak began, with 4951 reported deaths.

The latest figures showed Liberia with 2,413 deaths in 6,535 cases of Ebola; Sierra Leone with 1,510 dead out of 5,338 reported cases; and Guinea had 1,018 deaths in 1,667 cases.

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