Woman tests negative for Ebola in Brisbane

UPDATE: A YOUNG Woman suspected of having Ebola has returned a negative test for the deadly virus.

The 18-year-old woman arrived in Australian from West africa about 12 days ago with eight members of her extended family.

All of the family members were placed in home quarantine immediately after their arrival.


The woman was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital after showing signs of fever on Saturday and placed in an isolation unit.

It’s understood the woman did not have any direct contact with anyone infected with the virus but did come from an area where a large amount of people were sick with Ebola.

EARLIER: A YOUNG West African woman who moved to Australia earlier this month is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in a Brisbane hospital. 

Queensland Health said the 18-year-old woman arrived in Queensland with eight members of her immediate family 11 days ago.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the family moved from an highly infected area, but have had no known contact with the virus.

Last night, the 18-year-old developed a fever and was today placed in isolation at the Royal Brisbane and Woman’s Hospital.

“She’s otherwise well and has been in home quarantine since she arrived home,’’ Dr Jeannette Young said.

“The risk from her is minimal and there is no risk to the community at all because she hasn’t left the house or had any visitors.”

The remaining members of the patient’s family – including six children of various ages and two adults – remain in home quarantine and are not showing any signs of the deadly disease. 

Test results are expected late tonight.

Meanwhile, there’s reports a 47-year-old Australian man is showing signs of the deadly disease in Thailand after a visit to Central Africa.