The deceased patient suspected to have died of Ebola Virus Disease in Faisalabad was in fact suffering from Dengue and Hepatitis C, according to a National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC) statement issued on Tuesday.
NHSRC had earlier issued a joint statement with World Health Organisation stating that the victim was not suffering from Ebola Virus Disease.
The deceased, identified as 40-year-old Zulfiqar Ahmad had travelled back to Pakistan from Togolese Republic; a country in West Africa, on November 16. He had been admitted to a hospital in Chiniot for treatment of multiple developed health issues. As his condition worsened, he was taken to a hospital in Faisalabad where diagnostic tests suggested he might have contracted the deadly Ebola Virus.
The Ebola outbreak in west Africa began in March this year. It is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976. It first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo.
This time around, the disease has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa, especially in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.