Advertisement

Ebola scare hits Tyrol as woman's body found

Share this article

Ebola virus. Photo: Centers for Disease Control/Cynthia Goldsmith
22:53 CEST+02:00
Latest update: Ebola was not the cause of death. The discovery of a woman's body triggered precautionary testing for the possible presence of the highly infectious ebola disease in the town of Vomp in Tyrol.

The 48-year-old British woman recently traveled to Austria from Nigeria via Germany.  Her body was found on Saturday night in her apartment.

A friend of the deceased notified police when the woman was not reachable.  Police believe they can rule out a violent crime as the cause of death.

Because of her recent travels, and since the cause of death is unknown, public health officials decided to take the precaution of testing her blood and urine for possible exposure to the ebola virus.

"We have decided to seek a diagnosis of exclusion for Ebola because the 48-year-old entered from Nigeria recently via Germany, and we could not elicit the medical history of the deceased", the provincial health director was quoted as saying.

All persons who came into contact with the woman's body wore protective clothing.  The results of the laboratory tests were published on Monday afternoon, and ruled out ebola at this time.

Story continues below…


Photo: APA (dpa)

According to experts in infectious diseases, it is extremely unlikely that ebola was the cause of death in this case, but officials are taking no chances.  This is important since the World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the number of cases in circulation has been drastically underestimated until now.

The risk of infection is extremely low. The WHO reports that all of the persons who came into contact with the previous Ebola deaths in Nigeria are under observation. Overall, the risk of infection in Nigeria is much lower than in the other three countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
 
Two cases in Europe of suspected ebola, including one in Germany, have proven to be negative.

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

How to get British healthcare no matter where you are

Navigating the health care system in another country can be tough, and even when it all works out, sometimes you just miss the comfort of the system back home. But there's a solution.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement