LIMA – Laboratory tests have ruled out the possibility that a citizen of Guinea hospitalized in Peru is suffering from Ebola, Peruvian Health Minister Midori de Habich announced on Monday.
The patient “does not show a laboratory diagnosis compatible with the Ebola virus,” said the minister at a press conference that she called to announce the negative test results.
De Habich, accompanied by officials from her ministry and the Pan-American Health Organization representative in Peru, Fernando Leanes, said that Peruvian authorities decided to quarantine and examine the 34-year-old patient, in accordance with the protocol established in this country to deal with Ebola cases.
She said that authorities took into account the patient’s country of origin, Guinea Conakry; his medical profile showing “symptoms compatible with Ebola” – i.e. fever and diarrhea – and the impossibility of determining with certainty the itinerary the man had followed to get to Peru.
“The decision was to take precautions ... and fortunately we have a negative result,” De Habich said, adding that the “Peruvian public can feel calm. There’s no reason for alarm.”
An official communique on Monday said that the case was reported Sunday at the health facility at the Lima International Airport, which notified health authorities in Callao province, who “immediately set in motion the actions ... to evaluate the patient.”
The Guinean citizen recently arrived in Lima by land from the northern port of Chimbote, where he had arrived by boat, and he then ate in a capital restaurant, which caused authorities to activate safety protocols to protect the public.