Fresh on the heels of the frightening CDC report several new suspected cases have appeared outside the current hot-zone in Africa. Most of these cases are likely to result in Malaria diagnosis or other diseases endemic to the African Continent but authorities around the world are taking every precaution possible when dealing with people entering their countries from affected areas.
A Guinean refugee has been quarantined in Switzerland shortly after entering an asylum camp. The refugee claims to have lost a family member to Ebola and was isolated at the first signs of fever. A few days ago a health worker was flown to Geneva after being bitten by a young child suffering from Ebola making this the second suspected contact this week for the European country.
A recent suspected case in Perth has been cleared after a woman who visited the West African region tested negative for the deadly virus. Australia has been vigilant in its efforts to prevent an outbreak by isolating and testing individuals exhibiting possible Ebola symptoms. Earlier this week a man was tested for Ebola and was found to have Malaria after developing flu like symptoms and fever.
Chennai, India saw a suspected case of Ebola as well when a 22 year old man was admitted to hospital after returning from Nigeria. Initial indications seem negative for the disease but the patient, who had been working in a hospital, will be placed under surveillance for 21 days in an effort to ensure his well being and allow for rapid response in the event that he tests positive.
The number of suspected cases will continue to increase in the upcoming weeks as awareness about Ebola increases. The natural and understandable fear around the deadly virus has resulted in cautious behavior by port officials around the world.