Nigerian man in HK negative for Ebola

A boy's temperature is taken using an infrared digital laser thermometer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, August 11, 2014.
PHOTO: Nigerian man in HK negative for Ebola

HONG KONG - A Nigerian man in Hong Kong has tested negative for the Ebola virus, AFP reported late yesterday.

The 31-year-old man was admitted to a Hong Kong hospital yesterday after it was suspected that he was carrying the virus, the city's Centre for Health Protection said.

The man had arrived in the southern Chinese city from Nigeria on Thursday, the South China Morning Post reported. He was taken to hospital after experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea.

The man was understood to have been staying at a guest house in Chungking Mansions, a group of linked high-rise buildings in the popular tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui.

The building is a gathering place for ethnic minorities, with thousands living in close proximity to each other in cramped conditions in some 2,000 rental rooms in the building.

SCMP reported that Hong Kong's Department of Health declined to comment on the case, but said it would make a public announcement if any Ebola case is confirmed.

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