Ebola alert in Barcelona

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A hospital in Barcelona has quarantined a patient on the grounds of a possible case of the Ebola virus, according to sources at the region’s department of health.

The patient is a thirty-two-year-old Senegalese national who came to the hospital of his own accord showing some of the symptoms, including a high fever, vomiting and bleeding.

Experts believe that the possibilities of it being a genuine case of the virus are relatively low, although results of medical tests will not be available until Saturday morning.

This is the third time that Spain’s health services have enacted precautionary measures against Ebola. Apart from the alert now underway in the Catalonian capital, there was another warning in Bilbao earlier this week.

A middle-aged man was admitted to hospital after displaying various symptoms consistent with the virus, and after he had returned to Spain from working in Sierra Leone. After test results came back, it was determined that he was suffering from malaria.

Last week, a 30-year-old Nigerian man was suspected of suffering from the disease after entering a hospital in Alicante, but it turned out that he had a throat infection.

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