Brazilian man tested for Ebola

Nov 11, 2015, 4:36 PM EST
The Ebola virus. Getty Images
The Ebola virus. Getty Images

A Brazilian man who had visited Guinea is being tested for Ebola, and authorities have preventively isolated a public health unit where he first sought medical attention. Reuters reports that the 46-year-old man arrived in Brazil on November 6 and developed high fever with muscle pains and headaches two days later. The country’s health ministry has said that he sought medical help at an emergency room in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Brazil’s southeastern state of Minas Gerais, and that unit is no longer taking patients. 

The New York Times says that Guinea — where the disease first emerged nearly two years ago — is the only place where Ebola is still present. And only with a handful of cases after it killed more than 11,000 people. It writes:

New cases that cropped up in the Forecariah district "have taken us all by surprise," said Guinea's Minister of Health Col. Remy Lama, adding that the district had been free of the disease for nearly 40 days.
 
Guinea's battle against Ebola is hampered by residents who have abandoned preventive measures that help halt the spread of the virus, said Guinea task force spokesman Fode Tass Sylla. People shake hands, don't wash hands and consult traditional healers instead of medics, said Sylla.
 
The Associated Press reports that — if the results of this man’s test are positive — it will be Brazil’s first case of Ebola. 
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