EBOLA LATEST: HEARTACHE FOR DONEGAL FAMILY AFTER 44-YEAR-OLD WITH MALARIA DIES

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: THE MAN who died in South West Donegal and whose remains were taken to Letterkenny General Hospital to be tested for the Ebola virus was 44-year-old Dessie Quinn.He had returned to Ireland from Sierra Leone two weeks ago where he was working for a Dublin-based company on a cable project.He had been treated for malaria, but had been in good form over the weekend, local people said. Mr Quinn was a much-loved father of one; with many tributes to him on social media sites tonight.He lived between Inver and Mountcharles; his large extended family are said to be ‘distraught’ at his death.“He had been sick all right,” said one family friend, “but he had been in great form at the weekend so his death at home came out of the blue.”The HSE is currently assessing the suspected case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Donegal. Until a diagnosis is confirmed, and as a precautionary measure, Mr Quinn’s remains will stay in the mortuary pending the laboratory results which are expected late tomorrow.The risk of transmission of any disease is considered to beextremely low. As a precautionary measure, appropriate infection controlprocedures are being put in place in the community and at the mortuarypending the outcome of laboratory tests.Dr. Darina O’Flanagan, Head of the HSE Health ProtectionSurveillance Centre, said; “In general, the risk of contracting Ebolavirus disease is extremely low and would involve very close personalcontact with the infected individual or their body fluids for there tobe any risk at all.”“We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we willknow whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease.The appropriate public health guidelines are being followed at everystage in this process as a precaution.”Further information on Ebola virus disease can be found on theHPSC’s website at http://www.hpsc.ie/   andhttp://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/ViralHaemorrhagicFever/Ebola/ . EBOLA LATEST: HEARTACHE FOR DONEGAL FAMILY AFTER 44-YEAR-OLD WITH MALARIA DIES was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deathebolaletterkennyMOUNTCHARLESlast_img