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Athlete tests negative for deadly Ebola

Saturday, August 02, 2014

GLASGOW - An athlete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has tested negative for Ebola, organisers have confirmed.

A spokesman for Glasgow 2014 said the competitor was given tests for a number of conditions after he fell ill last week and was admitted to hospital.

Sierra Leone road cyclist Moses Sesay, 32, competed in his event, the men's individual time trial, on Thursday.

Ebola has caused more than 700 deaths since February in an outbreak affecting four west African countries.

The spokesman said: "There is no Ebola in the Athletes Village of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"We can confirm an athlete was tested for a number of things when he fell ill last week, including Ebola.

"The tests were negative and the athlete competed in his event on Thursday."

"We are dismayed by some of the sensational and misleading headlines to date."

A spokeswoman for Health Protection Scotland added it was an isolated incident and no other athletes were tested.

"No one has tested positive for Ebola in Scotland," she said.

Sesay's home country, where more than 200 people have died from the disease, has declared a public health emergency.

World Health Organization (WHO) director general Margaret Chan will meet the presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea later to discuss the outbreak of Ebola in west Africa.

The WHO is hoping that public health organisations around the world will help provide several hundred more medical staff needed to treat the victims of the fever.

The outbreak — the world's deadliest to date — was first reported in Guinea in February.

It then spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, and a person who travelled from Liberia to Nigeria died of the virus shortly after arriving in Lagos last week.

Ebola kills up to 90 per cent of those infected but patients have a better chance of survival if they receive early treatment.

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