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Tests Show Zimbabwe Case Not Ebola -South Africa

Scientific tests in South Africa on samples from a suspected Ebola case in neighboring Zimbabwe have turned up no evidence of the deadly virus, South African health officials said Tuesday. “All tests show negative for Ebola,” Health Ministry spokeswoman Samantha Bloem told Reuters. “They can rule out this disease.” Fears of Ebola — one of the most virulent diseases on the planet — resurfaced this week when Zimbabwe officials said a man had died in the resort town of Victoria Falls with symptoms similar to the highly contagious virus. The man, identified as an Angolan trader, died on Christmas Day and medical samples were sent to South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases for checks. Bloem said the tests had ruled out all forms of hemorrhagic fever — of which Ebola is the most feared — but could not determine what actually caused the man’s death. Full Story

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