MOH: S'pore Ebola scare false alarm

Tan Tock Seng hospital.
PHOTO: MOH: S'pore Ebola scare false alarm

SINGAPORE - Singapore experienced its first Ebola scare yesterday, but it proved to be a false alarm.

It began when a Nigerian woman in her 50s was apparently transferred from Gleneagles Hospital to Tan Tock Seng Hospital's (TTSH) Communicable Diseases Centre, suffering from a high fever.

TTSH authorities have since confirmed that she does not have Ebola.

In a statement, the health ministry said: "The Ministry of Health (MOH) wishes to clarify that there is no suspected case of Ebola in Singapore at present.

"The case in question was indeed referred to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, but she does not fit the case definition. MOH will continue to closely monitor the situation, and continually assess and calibrate its measures."

The world's worst outbreak of Ebola has claimed the lives of 1,069 people and there are 1,975 probable and suspected cases, the vast majority in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

There have been no confirmed cases in Asia.

This article was first published on August 15, 2014.
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