German woman quarantined with suspected Ebola

18th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The researcher at the Bernhard Nocht Institute in Hamburg was admitted to hospital after believing she had infected herself with the virus -- fatal in 90 percent of cases -- despite wearing protective clothing.

Hamburg -- A scientist at Germany's largest tropical disease research institute is in quarantine on suspicion of being infected with the deadly Ebola virus, the hospital treating her said Tuesday.

The researcher at the Bernhard Nocht Institute in Hamburg was admitted to hospital on Friday after believing she had infected herself with the virus -- fatal in 90 percent of cases -- despite wearing protective clothing.

The woman showed no signs of having contracted the disease, which causes patients bleed from body orifices, but as a precaution she was given a vaccine already tested in the United States.

On Saturday she developed a fever. Since this could be because of the vaccine or equally because she had contracted the disease, the woman was placed in quarantine and is currently undergoing frequent tests.

Because the virus is only transmitted once a patient starts bleeding there is no danger that anyone else has been infected, the Hamburg-Eppendorf University Clinic said.

Her temperature has since fallen, hospital spokeswoman Katherin Herbst told AFP, "which points strongly towards a reaction to the vaccine and an absence of the infection".

AFP/Expatica

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