Government of Somalia Dismisses Rumors of Ebola Outbreak

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  January 5, 2015 at 9:41 AM Tropical Disease News
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The government of Somalia has reassured its' residents that there was no outbreak of Ebola in the country, dismissing rumors that a man had brought the virus back with him from Guinea, where he runs a business.
 Government of Somalia Dismisses Rumors of Ebola Outbreak
Government of Somalia Dismisses Rumors of Ebola Outbreak
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Health Minister Ali Mohamed Mohamud said, "As soon as we heard the rumors of a case of Ebola virus in Somalia, we acted quickly and decisively to isolate the alleged victim, a Somali citizen named Abdulkadir Jinow Barow, and those who had been in contact with him."

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Speaking alongside the purported Ebola victim, the minister insisted Barow was perfectly healthy. He added, "The man did not have the Ebola virus. He has now been given the all clear and we can state categorically that there has been no outbreak of Ebola in Somalia."

The Somali health minister hit out at irresponsible reporting without the checking of facts or sources by some elements of the media, combined with the wildfire spreading of rumors on social media. He said that the rumors could have caused widespread panic in the nation.

Source: Medindia
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