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Suspected Ebola case in Singapore false alarm

In this handout from the Center for Disease Control, a colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a Ebola virus virion is seen.
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In this handout from the Center for Disease Control, a colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a Ebola virus virion is seen.

Reports of Singapore's first case of Ebola, the deadly viral outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa, have been confirmed as false, the Straits Times reported on Thursday.

A Nigerian woman in her 50s was identified as a possible Ebola case by doctors at Gleneagles hospital on Thursday.

She was immediately isolated and transferred by ambulance to the Communicable Diseases Centre at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), but the hospital has since confirmed that the woman does not have the disease.

Professor Philip Choo, TTSH's chief executive officer told Straits Times reporters that the woman had been discharged.

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According to the Straits Times, the woman flew into Singapore recently and arrived at Gleneages' emergency department with a fever.

There is no proven cure or vaccine to prevent infection with Ebola and the scale of the current outbreak has prompted the World Health Organisation to declare it an international health emergency.

Nigeria is one of the West African countries that have been impacted by a breakout of the disease, along with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

This is the longest and most deadly outbreak of Ebola recorded since the virus was first identified in 1976.

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