Ebola tests on two young girls have come back negative, after the pair were taken into islation at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne this morning.
Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer, Professor Michael Ackland, says the siblings aged four and eight are being treated for a respiratory illness and are now doing well.
The girls returned to Melbourne overnight with their parents and another sibling following an extended visit to Guinea. They were taken to hospital after they were diagnosed with an elevated temperature during a routine health inspection. Professor Ackland says while the initial test is negative, the girls will require a further test in 72 hours to rule out any possibility of ebola virus disease.
He says it’s unlikely other travellers on the plane from Abu Dhabi or others who had contact with the girls inside the airport will fall unwell. Worried passengers on Etihad flight EY460 can contact 1800 356 061 and talk to medical staff about the signs and symptoms of Ebola.