Ebola: Paris authorities investigate 'probable' case

Tests are being carried out on female patient today

Heather Saul
Friday 10 October 2014 17:02 BST
Ebola doctors wearing protective clothing in an emergency room.
Ebola doctors wearing protective clothing in an emergency room.

A woman in Paris who was hospitalised with a "probable" case of Ebola has tested negative for the virus.

Earlier, France's health ministry had refused to comment on reports as doctors waited to receive results from medical tests, Europe 1 reported.

Classification of the woman's case was changed from "suspected" to "probable" on Friday, a source told the news site.

Medics had reportedly feared the woman could have contracted the virus during a recent trip to Liberia.

A spokesperson for the French Health Ministry told Radio France Internationale: "If an Ebola case were to be confirmed in France, the public would be informed immediately. But that is not the case at the moment."

It comes a day after authorities confirmed a suspected case of Ebola near Paris was a false alarm.

The Bichat hospital in northern Paris where the woman is reportedly being cared for has not yet released a comment on the suspected case.

Meanwhile, Macedonian authorities said there was only a "small probability" a Briton who died in Skopje on Thursday had the Ebola virus, according to an initial analysis.

Macedonian health authorities have sent blood and tissue samples from the dead Briton to Frankfurt for testing.

The results are expected to be returned on Saturday afternoon.

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