Infant tests negative for Ebola in Australia

A one-year-old infant who sparked an Ebola virus disease scare in the Australian state of Victoria, has been tested negative, a health official said Sunday.

IANS| Last Updated: Sep 21, 2014, 21:00 PM IST

Canberra: A one-year-old infant who sparked an Ebola virus disease scare in the Australian state of Victoria, has been tested negative, a health official said Sunday.

Victoria's Health Minister David Davis said that it was the first case in the region, the Canberra Times reported.

The child was admitted at the Royal Children's Hospital in Victoria.

The infant from west Africa, who had returned to Australia last week, was tested for Ebola at the children's hospital after being initially treated at Frankston Hospital with diarrhoea-like symptoms.

It was the second time in Australia that an Ebola suspect case has surfaced.

Earlier, a 25-year-old man sparked an Ebola virus disease scare in Queensland. He too tested negative.

More than 2,200 people have died in an Ebola outbreak from more than 4,200 infected in the African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.