go to content

Red Cross Volunteer Tests Negative For Ebola In Australia

Updated: Sue-Ellen Kovack tested negative for the deadly virus, Queensland Health confirmed. The 57-year-old woman had recently travelled to Sierra Leone and worked for one month in a hospital treating patients with Ebola.

Posted on

UPDATE — 4:41 p.m.: Queensland Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jeanette Young, announced that Sue-Ellen Kovack has tested negative for the Ebola virus.

#Qld #Ebola case returns negative result - more to follow

Queensland Health@qldhealthnewsFollow

#Qld #Ebola case returns negative result - more to follow

3:56 PM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The woman will remain under observation for at least another 24 hours as a precaution, Young said.

Facebook: QLDHealth

Australian health authorities have placed a woman under observation with fears she contracted the Ebola virus while working in a Red Cross hospital in Sierra Leone.

Queensland's Chief Medical Officer Dr Jeanette Young said the 57-year-old woman had spent one month working in the Ebola field hospital and was under "home isolation" when she reported symptoms of a mild fever this morning.

If infected the volunteer nurse would be Australia's first patient with the Ebola virus.

Dr Young: No risk to anyone within Cairns Hospital and “no risk for anyone in the community” from Ebola patient

Mark Di Stefano@MarkDiStefFollow

Dr Young: No risk to anyone within Cairns Hospital and “no risk for anyone in the community” from Ebola patient

4:08 PM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Dr Young called the woman "an amazing lady" for volunteering to help manage the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and for self-reporting to the hospital.

She also said a Brisbane doctor had recently returned from the region and is undergoing the same "home isolation" process.

It's the second time Queensland health authorities have responded to an Ebola scare, with a man (pictured) reporting symptoms of the virus was cleared within hours of reporting his condition last month.

Dr Young says the community has no chance of contracting Ebola from the patient. For all others who are fearful, here's a helpful diagram from Vox Media.

Not that I want anyone stop the PANIC!!!! But here's a handy Ebola quiz

Greg Jericho@GrogsGamutFollow

Not that I want anyone stop the PANIC!!!! But here's a handy Ebola quiz

4:08 PM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Every. Tasty. Video. EVER. The new Tasty app is here!

Dismiss