Two patients isolated in Padua over Ebola fears

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed an estimated 1,552 people. Photo: Seyllou/AFP
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Two people have been quarantined in the northern Italian city Padua over fears they have the deadly Ebola virus.

A Nigerian and a person from Istria, a peninsula in northern Croatia, were suffering from a high fever and symptoms similar to those of the virus, Il Gazzettino reported.

They were placed in isolation at the Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova, a university hospital in Padua, in the Veneto region.

The move came just a few days after health authorities in the region issued guidelines on how to deal with suspected cases of Ebola, which as of August 28th had claimed an estimated 1,552 lives, according to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO).

A spokesperson for the hospital was unavailable for comment when contact by The Local.

There have been no Ebola cases in Italy since the an outbreak of disease began in West Africa. The disease has so far been contained to four countries - Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

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Italy’s Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said earlier this month the risk of anyone catching the disease in Italy is extremely remote but that the vigilance level of the authorities is high.

An Italian woman was recently hospitalized in Turkey over fears that she had contracted the virus, but was later given the all clear.

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