Updated 09 October 2014

Two suspected Ebola cases strike Australia

Australian hospitals treat two patients for suspected Ebola after they returned to the country from West Africa.


An official says an Australian hospital is treating a patient as a suspected Ebola case, although he is unlikely to have the deadly disease.

Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service spokeswoman Amanda Noonan says the 25-year-old man has been isolated and is being tested after arriving at the Gold Coast University Hospital in Queensland state on Thursday.

Noonan says it's "extremely unlikely, but we're treating the patient at this stage as suspected Ebola case."

News Corp. reports that the man fell seriously ill upon returning from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Read: Is it Ebola or is it flu?

In the second case, a nurse who had been treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone was placed in isolation after she developed a fever, according to“As recommended by national guidelines, this patient has been isolating herself at home and checking her temperature twice daily since her return, and today has reported an elevated temperature of 37.6 degrees,” said Dr. Young, Chief Health Officer, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The Nurse has been checked into Cairns Hospital while blood tests are conducted to determine whether or not she actually has Ebola. The test results will only be available later today or tomorrow, according to the Brisbane Times. 

More than 2,200 deaths throughout West Africa have been attributed to Ebola amid the worst outbreak of the disease in history.

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