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Ebola link to Donegal man's death is ruled out

By Ed Carty

A Donegal engineer who died at home after returning from working in Sierra Leone had not contracted the Ebola virus, health chiefs in the Republic have confirmed.

Dessie Quinn (43) was being treated for malaria after returning two weeks ago from the west African country and was found dead in bed by a friend in the early hours of Thursday.

Medics ordered blood tests following a postmortem investigation into his death amid fears he may have been suffering from the incurable Ebola, which is sweeping west Africa.

The Quinn family said they had been kept in the dark and were not notified of health chiefs' concerns before a statement on the precautionary investigation was released to national media.

The agency said: "The Health Service Executive has confirmed that laboratory test samples for an individual, who had recently returned from Africa, has proved negative for Ebola virus.

"Infection control procedures, which had been put in place as a precautionary measure, will now be stepped down."

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