Mumbai man who recently travelled to Nigeria admitted to hospital with Ebola symptoms

Published: August 11, 2014

Infectious disease specialist Florian Steiner wears protective clothing as he works in a laboratory for blood tests during a demonstration of the proceedings at the quarantine office of Berlin’s Charite hospital on August 11, 2014. TIM BRAKEMEIER/AFP/Getty Images

VANCOUVER DESI

A man in Mumbai who travelled to West Africa last month has voluntarily admitted himself to a local hospital after experiencing Ebola symptoms, according to the Times of India.

The 31-year-old man returned from Nigeria July 28 – before passenger screenings had started at the Mumbai airport, TOI reported on Monday.

After reading about the virus outbreak, the man – who’s not been identified – called a 24-hour helpline set up by the Delhi health ministry last week in an attempt to track infected patients and Indian residents who have travelled to West Africa.

The unidentified man complained of diarrhea and body pain and according to TOI, has since been admitted to Sir DM Petit Municipal Hospital in west Mumbai, where he’s been quarantined and had blood and urine samples taken and sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune.

The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak a public health emergency. The affected countries include Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

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