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Kigali, 10 August 2014

Today late in the afternoon, a patient at King Faisal Hospital with Ebola like symptoms has been put in isolation as we wait for his test results.

The medical staff protecting itself against the Ebola contamination
The medical staff protecting itself against the Ebola contamination

Samples from the suspected case have been sent for testing to an international accredited laboratory for approval, results will be available in 48 hours.

The suspected case is a European medical student. It is the first Ebola-suspected case in Rwanda since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa.

The Ministry of Health calls on the public to stay calm and be vigilant, the ministry is 
closely monitoring the situation and all the needed preventive measures according to national standards are in place. Surveillance systems and emergency management systems have been established. Health workers have been trained across the countryand are vigilant. This will enable timely detection, notification and appropriate management of any suspected cases to safeguard Rwandans.

All persons who have been in contact with the Ebola-suspected case are being monitored and have been placed in quarantine. This is comprised of nurses, doctors, health managers, cashiers and the patients who were passing by as well as private contacts.

Source: The Ministry of Health