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Tests confirm all clear for patient with suspected Ebola virus

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has tonight confirmed tests taken from a Gold Coast man suspected of having Ebola virus disease have returned a negative result.

It follows comments from doctors earlier in the day that the patient was exceedingly unlikely to have the disease based on his symptoms and the areas in Africa in which he travelled to.

"I would like to thank all health and ambulance staff involved in the management of this patient; it was a job well done and serves to show the community that our emergency preparedness plans are sound, and that they can rely on their health services," Dr Young said.

"I also thank the media for helping to allay the fears and hype in the community – it was a very important message for us to convey."

Dr Young said while it was highly unlikely Ebola virus disease would come to Queensland, anyone who has travelled to parts of West Africa affected by the outbreak and who are concerned about their health, should visit their GP.

Dr Young said the treating team at the Gold Coast University Hospital would ultimately determine the patient's treatment options based on the results and his current condition.

Information on Ebola virus disease can be found on the Federal Department of Health website.  

For advice on how best to prepare for international travel to protect against vaccine preventable and other diseases, visit the Queensland Government immunisation webpage

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Last updated: 11 September 2014