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Mandeville hospital panic: Nigerian man turns up with fever, vomiting

Published:Saturday | October 18, 2014 | 6:59 PM

Panic set in at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester today after a Nigerian man turned up there with a fever and was vomiting profusely.

It triggered fears among health workers and scores of residents in the Mandeville area that the deadly Ebola virus had turned up in Jamaica.

However, The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre understands that checks later revealed that the Nigerian man resides in Jamaica, but had travelled to his homeland in August.

A medical source close to the incident noted that this was well outside of the 21-day incubation period and he did not have a fever.

Several attempts to get a comment from Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson and acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock-Ducasse were unsuccessful.

However, as word spread that the man had been quarantined at the hospital, scores of persons converged on the health facility trying to find out what was happening.

Inside the hospital, sources told our news centre that nurses and other medical personnel locked themselves in a room and refused to treat the man after it was discovered that he had traveled to Nigeria.


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