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Tests yield negative result for patient with suspected Ebola virus

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has stated initial tests taken from a Cairns woman suspected of having Ebola virus disease (EVD) have returned a negative result.

D Young said the woman was likely to remain under observation for at least another 24-hours.

"This is a necessary precaution given the patient has been to West Africa and has had a fever within the incubation period of 21 days. For the sake of her health and to follow due diligence, we want to be sure she is clear of Ebola virus disease as well as any other disease."

Dr Young said regardless of the outcome of the tests, the broader community was not at risk of contracting EVD.

Information on Ebola virus disease can be found on the Queensland Health website

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Last updated: 10 October 2014