The student of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria, Kaduna who was suspected of having Ebola, has tested negative to the disease.
The case was reported yesterday when the undergraduate showed symptoms of the disease and was admitted to the University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH).
However, Ebola Alert, which comprises a group of professional volunteers who are supporting efforts against the disease in Nigeria, confirmed that the student’s test came out negative.
An official of the group, identified simply as Ladi, told Premium Times:
“Yes, it is true that the result is negative,” “Whatever information Ebola Alert puts out is authentic.”
The organization also revealed this via its Twitter handle @EbolaAlert:
“The Kaduna rumour is not #Ebola after laboratory test. “Reaching a diagnosis of #Ebola is dependent on a laboratory test. However close it may be, it is not Ebola until it is Ebola.”
“We hope our hospitals will continue to keep health information of their clients and care givers confidential especially #SUSPECTED#EBOLA.
“It is equally important to stay professional by not creating panic in the interest of your staff, patients and country at large. #Ebola “Several diseases share symptoms with #Ebola and there are other viral haemorrhagic fevers.
“In an #EbolaOutbreak, it is challenging for the healthcare workers to balance between high suspicion and misdiagnosis. Remain professional.
“It will be hard to have public panic if patients #health#information is kept confidential as is #ethically required; even #Ebola patients. “We hope our colleagues continue to remain professional as we work on this together.
#Ebola#HCW#Nigeria Do not put patients’ info out there. “When you wrongly classify an ill person as an #Ebola patient, we hope you will be around to clean the stigma caused.
Ebola is spread through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person and can be highly contagious in its later stages. There is no cure or vaccine for the disease.