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.
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.