Russian Ministry of Health: Russian patient in Kazakhstani hospital has ARVI, not Ebola

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Laboratory test results which came on Monday didn`t confirm the suspected Ebola virus infection of the Russian citizen. Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said this to reporters after the meeting of the Federation Council.

"The results of the laboratory tests came today, they turned to be negative. The diagnosis hasn`t been confirmed, the patient has an acute respiratory viral infection," said Skvortsova. Earlier, the press service of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan reported that the Russian citizen hospitalized on March 15 in Alma-Ata had no Ebola virus disease.

"There`s been no confirmation of the diagnosis "Ebola fever" of the passenger (the citizen of Russia), who arrived at the international airport of Alma-Ata by the flight №350 Guinea - Istanbul - Alma-Ata, reported the press release of the Ministry, which includes the Sanitary and Epidemiological Inspectorate of the republic. According to the results of the laboratory tests carried out by M. Aikimbayev Kazakh Scientific Center of Quarantine and Zoonotic Diseases under the Ministry of Economy Committee for the Protection of Consumer Rights, the patient was diagnosed with "ARVI, acute viral rhinopharyngitis."

Earlier, the press secretary of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation Oleg Salagay told reporters that the Russian, who had arrived in Kazakhstan and had been taken to infectious hospital there, was unlikely to have the Ebola virus. "According to the doctors, the man had no specific symptoms characteristic of the disease," said Salagay.

On March 15, the Russian citizen was removed from the flight in Alma-Ata airport with suspected Ebola virus infection. He was in Guinea from March 9 to 14.

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