A 37-year-old South African man, working as a health and safety officer in a mining operation in Liberia, has been admitted to hospital after being screened for the ebola virus.
The Department of Health says the man arrived back home on the sixth of this month and was screened as part of normal routine protocols for incoming travellers at OR Tambo International Airport.
Health Department spokesperson, Joe Maila, says the man was healthy on arrival and the scanner revealed no problem nor raised temperature.
However, he says based on initial blood tests it was decided to continue to monitor the man at home and the blood tests were repeated on Sunday.
Maila says the man’s temperature had risen and he has now been admitted to hospital for further tests and evaluation.
However, he says the National Institute for Communicable Disease regards the patient as low risk for the Ebola virus disease.
The World Health Organisation has confirmed that there are 2 127 confirmed cases of Ebola, while 1 145 people have died from the virus already.
Ebola is a severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.
This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes.
People are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus.
The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms, is 2 to 21 days.