11 Australians tested for Ebola

IT HAS been revealed 11 Australians have been tested for the deadly Ebola virus after returning from hotspots where it is prevalent.

All have so far returned negative blood tests but remain in home quarantine.

Queensland nurse Sue-Ellen Kovack, 57, was given a tentative all-clear on Friday after being tested for the deadly virus.

But she will remain under observation in the Cairns Hospital until the virus' 21-day incubation period expires.

Ms Kovack, who returned to Australia last weekend after volunteering with the Red Cross at an Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone, was hospitalised on Thursday after coming down with a low-grade fever, which is an initial symptom of the illness.

Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton said on Friday the nation's health system was well-equipped to deal with any Ebola risk.

He said plans and measures were in place at major hospitals around the country should the need arise.

"Our health workers are trained to the highest standards in the world," he said.

"We have in place, not just within our medical system but also our borders, a number of measures that all Australians should be assured will provide us with the best response to what is an alarming situation in Africa."

Australian Medical Association president Associate Professor Brian Owler said the international community, including Australia, needed to do more to address the escalating humanitarian crisis in West Africa.

He reiterated Australia had one of the safest health systems in the world and all precautionary measures have been followed.

Katter's Australian Party leader Bob Katter was widely condemned for comments he made suggesting health workers who headed overseas to work with Ebola patients should not be allowed back into the country.

Both sides of the political spectrum labelled his comments ill-advised, appalling and scaremongering.

It is believed the Ebola virus has killed 4800 people in four West African countries.

 

Watch this video see what happens when a man on a plane in from Philadelphia to the Dominican Republic's Punta Cana, jokes to other passengers that he has Ebola.



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