The Nigerian at the Center of Ebola Scare Did Not Have Virus, World Health Organization confirms

( [email protected] ) Oct 09, 2015 11:21 AM EDT
Nigerian at center of Ebola scare did not have the virus: WHO
A member of the French Red Cross disinfects the area around a motionless person suspected of carrying the Ebola virus as a crowd gathers in Forecariah January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Misha Hussain

A person who died in a suspected case of Ebola in Nigeria, triggering a scare and the quarantine of 10 others, did not have the deadly virus, World Health Organization spokesman Gregory Hartl said by email on Friday.

"(The) dead person tested negative for Ebola. So this person is not going to be the source of an Ebola event," Hartl wrote.

A laboratory investigation showed the dead person did not have Ebola or Lassa fever, Hartl said.


(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Hugh Lawson)