The government of Cote d’Ivoire has informed the World Health Organisation (WHO) that new testing has found no evidence that the woman in Ivory Coast who tested positive earlier this month for Ebola actually had the virus.
“WHO considers that the patient did not have Ebola virus disease and further analysis on the cause of her illness is ongoing,” it said in a statement on Tuesday.
The initial test conducted by the Institute Pasteur of Cote d’Ivoire led Ivory Coast on August 14 to declare its first Ebola outbreak in over 25 years.
The suspected case was a young woman who travelled from Guinea to Cote d’Ivoire. Since Cote d’Ivoire announced the case, more than 140 contacts have been listed in the two countries. No-one else has shown symptoms for the disease or tested positive for Ebola.
Ebola, a severe, often fatal illness affecting humans and other primates typically kills about half of those it infects, although vaccines and new treatments have proven highly effective in reducing fatality rates.