Rwanda has placed a German student with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation, and is waiting for test results checking for the deadly tropical disease, according to the health ministry.
“Samples from the suspected case have been sent for testing to an international accredited laboratory for approval, results will be available in 48 hours,” the health ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
The patient is the first to be tested in Rwanda since the outbreak emerged in west Africa earlier this year.
This outbreak of the virus, centred on Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, is the worst recorded and has killed nearly 1,000 people. Last week the World Health Organisation declared the epidemic a global health emergency.
Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s health minister, said the patient was a German medical student who had recently spent time in Liberia.
He had a fever and malaria but for “100 percent security” Rwanda had quarantined him, until test results were back in two days, Binagwaho said.
Like other nations across east Africa, Rwanda said it had put in place measures against the deadly virus.
“Surveillance systems and emergency management systems have been established,” the health ministry said.
“Health workers have been trained across the country and are vigilant.”