By staff reporter
Ireland’s Health Service Executive has denied that there is a suspected case of the Ebola virus in Ireland.
It had been reported this morning that a patient suspected of contracting Ebola was to be transferred to the National Isolation Unit in Dublin’s Mater Hospital.
The HSE has since said in a statement that “there are no confirmed, or suspected, cases of Ebola in Ireland”.
“The National Isolation Unit in the Mater Hospital is used for patients with a variety of infectious diseases,” the statement added.
The recent outbreak of the virus, for which there is no cure, was first identified in March in Guinea and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has not ruled out the possibility of the outbreak spreading to East Africa, with health officials saying Kenya, as a main transport hub was at “high risk”.