Rome Ebola case was a ‘false alarm’

Rome Ebola case was a 'false alarm'
Italy has allocated €5 million towards handling suspected cases of Ebola. Photo: Jay Directo/AFP
A man who suddenly became ill at the immigration office in Rome on Monday morning suffered a seizure and had not contracted the deadly Ebola virus, as initially suspected.

The man, originally from Somalia but who has been a resident in Italy for two years, was at the immigration office of Rome’s central police station to renew his asylum permit when he became ill “on the spot”, La Stampa reported.

Flavio Tuzi, the secretary generale of Anip, the national police union, told the newspaper that the man “was bleeding from his nose and his physical condition worsened within a few minutes.”

He was taken to Umberto I hospital for tests, which showed he had suffered an epileptic seizure, Huffington Post Italia reported.

Italy's Ministry of Health has allocated €5 million and dispatched 88 doctors and 216 technicians to ports and airports to deal with suspected Ebola cases.

Health minister Beatrice Lorenzin is meeting European counterparts in Brussels on Thursday to discuss how to counter the virus at a European-level.

A 53-year-old doctor, who was being treated in Rome after coming into contact with a colleague infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone in September, tested negative for the virus, Lorenzin announced last Thursday.

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