American suspected of Ebola infection dies in Ghana

The deceased visited Guinea and Sierra Leone before coming to Ghana.

American suspected of Ebola infection dies in Ghana

World Bulletin / News Desk

An American national suspected of carrying the Ebola virus died in Ghana on Tuesday, a local health official has said.

Director-general of the Ghana Health Service, Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira, told Anadolu Agency that the deceased man's body was still at the hospital.

He could not, however, confirm the cause of death.

"They did the test but they say they have to run more tests and cross-check. They have a way of running their tests," Denkyira said.

"Everything is now hanging on the [test] results, which will be made public around 6pm this evening," he added.

The U.S. national had checked himself into the Nyaho Clinic, a local private health facility, where he reported having a fever.

Health officials suspected that he might have Ebola after it emerged that he had visited Guinea and Sierra Leone before coming to Ghana on Sunday.

Ghana's Health Service said earlier Tuesday that tests carried out by the Nugochi Memorial Research Institute had come back "tentative negative."

The Accra-based institute has been examining blood samples taken from the deceased since news of his case broke on Monday.

"If you do the first one, you have to confirm," Denkyira told AA.

If confirmed, it would represent Ghana's first recorded case of Ebola.

The health officials who had attended to the deceased at the Nyaho Clinic have since been quarantined and are currently awaiting test results.

Meeting in Accra earlier this month, top health officials from 12 African countries agreed on several strategies aimed at containing the deadly virus.

Ebola, a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure, is responsible for hundreds of deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The tropical fever, which first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, can be transmitted to humans from wild animals. It can also spread via human-to-human transmission.

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