- Published on Saturday, 30 August 2014 19:50
Passengers being tested for Ebola at a ferry dock in Maungdaw, the entrance gate between Myanmar and Bangladesh, seen on the last week of August (Photo - Win Maung/EMG)
Blood samples taken from a Myanmar man suspected of possibly having Ebola – and four others said to have had contact with him – were sent to a laboratory in Pune, in India, on Friday, the Health Ministry has said.
Ministry officials said blood samples from patient Zin Min Oo and four people who allegedly had contact with him were sent in accordance with International Air Transport Association standards for bio-safety, after initial difficulties in doing this were overcome.
The laboratory in India is recognized by the World Health Organisation. The samples may be forwarded to the Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta, in the US, and labs in Hamburg in Germany, they said.
Zin Min Oo recently returned from West Africa, which has been hit hard by a deadly Ebola outbreak, with a fever. He was initially feared he may have Ebola, and he was put in a unit in Weibergi Hospital.
But doctors have said he has recovered from the fever and they have found no symptoms of the deadly disease – on him, or the four who had contact with him. http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7376:ebola-suspects-blood-samples-sent-to-lab-in-india&catid=44:national&Itemid=384