Ebola: Institute Dismisses Reported Outbreak In South Africa
Ebola: Institute Dismisses Reported Outbreak In South Africa

South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases, NICD ash dismissed reported outbreak of any Ebola cases in the country or neighbouring countries.

The institute was reacting to media reports that a South African woman, staying in Ficksburg not far from neighbouring country Lesotho, was confirmed as the first case of Ebola in the country.

It added that the biosafety level-4 Lab has not been requested to test suspected Ebola cases for any neighbouring countries. They stated that the incident was a field simulation exercise to test Lesotho’s preparedness to handle the disease.

The institute noted that South Africa has strong Ebola response systems that are in place, should there be a suspected case and chances of reaching South Africa are very slim.