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Saudi man being tested for Ebola dies in hospital

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 8:28am
The Associated Press

Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says a man who was being tested for the Ebola virus and was in critical condition in an isolation ward has died.

The Health Ministry says the Saudi man died Wednesday morning in a hospital in Jiddah. He was hospitalized after showing symptoms of a viral hemorrhagic fever following a recent trip to Sierra Leone, where there has been an outbreak of Ebola.

The ministry says it has submitted samples to an international reference lab to test for Ebola on the advice of the World Health Organization. It says the 40-year-old Saudi man had tested negative for dengue fever.

Different types of viral hemorrhagic fevers have been found in the kingdom, but the ministry says no case of Ebola has ever been detected there.

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