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Woman with symptoms similar to Ebola taken to infectious disease unit at Dublin Mater

Woman with symptoms similar to Ebola taken to infectious disease unit at Dublin Mater

Woman with symptoms similar to Ebola taken to infectious disease unit at Dublin Mater

Ebola has been ruled out after a woman who fell ill at a house in West Dublin was taken to the infectious disease unit in Mater Hospital after displaying symptoms consistent to the disease.

In a statement this afternoon the HSE ruled out Ebola.

"The patient was considered a low risk for the Ebola virus but this has now been ruled out."

The statement went on to say that the HSE "takes each Ebola scenario seriously no matter how low the risk. All appropriate infection control procedures are being taken by all relevant healthcare personnel."

The patient is now receiving treatment at the Mater Hospital.

The HSE said there are "no known cases of Ebola in Ireland presently" and  the "overall risk of a case of Ebola being brought into in Ireland is low".

The patient fell ill this morning at a housing complex in West Dublin.

Early this morning, a housing development in West Dublin was attended to by Gardai and the fire brigade after reports that a woman had fallen ill and was displaying symptoms, which were similar to Ebola.

The patient was taken to the National Isolation Unit at the Mater Hospital as a "precaution", according to spokesperson for the Mater Hospital.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil Dublin West Councillor David McGuinness has called for calm following news that a suspected case of Ebola has been identified in Tyrrelstown this morning.

"Rumours were circulating around Dublin West this morning claiming that a person was being treated for suspected Ebola.

"Tyrrelstown has a high population of families with links to Western Africa. This is a very serious incident which will have a significant impact on the public. I am calling for calm and a campaign of public information to offset any panic in Dublin West," said McGuinness.

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