A man who was tested for Ebola at Westmead Hospital in Sydney’s west on Saturday has returned a negative sample for the disease.
Highly respect Sunshine Coast doctor John Parker was taken to an isolation room on Saturday after he developed flu-like symptoms on return from Sierra Leone in West Africa, according to Nine News.
Mr Parker was a health care worker in the region, where thousands of people have died since an outbreak of the deadly disease began more than a year ago. In its early stages, the illness appears similar to the flu.
He has 20 years experience as a GP and is understood to have completed humanitarian missions in Uganda, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Rwanda.
Paramedics wearing protective clothing transported him to hospital in an ambulance around midday on Saturday after he fell ill at 7am that morning.
NSW Health said in a statement the man was taken to hospital as a precaution, before being cleared of Ebola.
“Tests undertaken today by Westmead Hospital’s Emerging Infections and Biohazard Response Unit laboratory have returned negative for Ebola virus,” the statement read. “No further testing for Ebola is required at this stage.
“The health care worker remains in a stable condition under investigation at Westmead Hospital to determine the cause of their illness.”
Mr Parker is the first person this year to be tested for Ebola in New South Wales.
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