A Briton with symptoms of Ebola has died in Macedonia, local authorities said. The hotel in Skopje where he was staying has been sealed off, while another Briton and hotel staff are being kept inside to prevent possible spreading of infection.
According to Macedonian authorities the man came to Skopje from London on October 2 and was taken to hospital on Thursday where he died several hours later.
The man reportedly suffered from fever, vomiting and internal bleeding. His condition deteriorated rapidly, Dr. Jovanka Kostovska of the ministry’s commission for infectious diseases said.
“These are all symptoms of Ebola, which raises suspicions with this patient,” Kostovska told a news conference.
The tests have been carried out to see if he had Ebola and have been sent to Germany’s Frankfurt to confirm the disease.
A Macedonian government spokesman told the BBC that a companion of the late Briton told the local authorities that they had travelled straight from the UK and had not visited countries affected by Ebola
The ambulance crew and the hotel staff were isolated to prevent spreading of infection, and the hotel building was also sealed off.
A spokesman from the Macedonian Foreign Ministry said: “I can confirm that a British person has died and he is in the state hospital in Skopje,” The independent reports.
If the diagnosis is confirmed it will be the first case of a UK citizen dying of Ebola.
“We are aware of reports and we are looking into them urgently,” a Foreign Office spokesperson said.
The final results of the autopsy and the cause of death will be known in 48 hours.
Until recently, all Ebola victims either lived or visited Africa. Spanish nurse Teresa Romero was the first person in Europe to contract Ebola outside Africa.
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