No Ebola Threat In SVG

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is dismissing claims that there is a possible Ebola case in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Ministry said in a release last night that it has come to its attention that information is being circulated about a possible case of Ebola in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

But the Ministry assured the nation that this is untrue.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache said that there is no Ebola case being treated at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.

The Ministry confirmed that a Nigerian Medical Student who has a history of Malaria was being treated for a Malaria relapse at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.

The Chief Medical Officer however emphasized that because of the current surveillance system for Ebola, the Ministry was able to quickly determine that the patient does not meet the criteria to be considered as a suspect case.

However out of an abundance of caution, the Accident and Emergency Department at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital was temporarily cleared of all ambulant patients for a brief period yesterday afternoon.

The Ministry added that it is working closely with the Caribbean Public Health Agency CARPHA in the management of the patient who is currently being treated in the isolation Unit at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, as is required for any Malaria patient.

The release stated that the Ministry and the relevant stakeholders continue to remain vigilant in this regard.

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