Ebola scare deepens

A Queensland Nurse has been allowed to leave hospital for the first time since developing a fever after leaving West Africa.

There were fears Sue Ellen Kovack may have been infected with the potentially deadly Ebola virus.  She took herself to hospital last Thursday and was admitted.

The Red Cross worker who treated Ebola sufferers during a stint in Sierra Leone returned two negative test results.


The Brisbane Times reported that the Cairns resident had been given permission to spend the rest of her isolation period in the comfort of her own home.

In the United States a health care worker who treated a man who later died of Ebola has tested positive in a preliminary exam.

He is the second person to be diagnosed with the illness on US soil, but the first to actually catch it in the US.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services Dr David Lakey said “we knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility”.

A statement released by the Department did not further identify the worker nor detail how exposure to the virus occurred.