Eleven cases, eleven negative tests
After the suspected case at the Bichat hospital, the health minister wants to reassure.
No cases of Ebola have been diagnosed at this stage on the French territory, announced Friday Marisol Touraine, said that the analyzes performed on a patient at the Bichat hospital, Paris , were negative.
“Eleven cases and only eleven cases, including one who was hospitalized Bichat last night resulted in tests and all tests were negative “ is she said.
But the government wants to avoid psychosis and opened a hotline this Saturday at 9 am, 0800 13 00 00 to respond to public concern.
The Minister reminded forcefully that “travel to the affected countries are strongly discouraged” . Three countries in West Africa are disproportionately affected by the epidemic, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
“The situation is evolving, tighter controls on departure and arrival may be made in the coming days “, the Minister added.
A European meeting is scheduled on October 17 to discuss a possible strengthening of controls.
The call to caution Prime Minister
Manuel Valls warned against any “panic” in France linked to the Ebola virus. “You have to be careful. This caution is for the authorities and the press not to cause panic as we have seen in “ said Manuel Valls Friday on the sidelines of the congress of the Association of Regions of France, to Toulouse.
In addition, the Minister of Health explained the principles of its communication on the Ebola case. A weekly briefing with health agencies will be implemented from next week. “No comment will be made regarding any suspected cases in the future” , has she said. “However, if a case is confirmed, I pledge again to inform the public immediately,” , she has promised.
So far, since the beginning of the epidemic. in West Africa, only a nurse Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was treated in France for the Ebola virus. She had contracted the disease in Africa and is now cured.
However, the concern about the potential spread of Ebola rises in Europe, the health of the first infected person outside Africa, a Spanish nurse’s aide hospitalized Madrid, having deteriorated. It was part of the team who looked after two Spanish priests returning from Africa.