A "suspected case of Ebola virus" is being tested by Irish authorities after a person who traveled to an affected area in Africa was found dead.
"The public health department was made aware earlier today of the remains of an individual, discovered early this morning, who had recently travelled to the one of the areas in Africa affected by the current Ebola virus disease outbreak," the Health Service Executive (HSE) said in a statement.
Advertisement"Until a diagnosis is confirmed, and as a precautionary measure, the individual's remains will stay in the mortuary pending the laboratory results."
The suspected case is in Donegal in northwest Ireland. Test results are expected late on Friday.
The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is the largest ever and has killed 1,350 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria since March.
"We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we will know whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease," said Darina O'Flanagan, the head of the HSE health protection surveillance centre.
"The appropriate public health guidelines are being followed at every stage in this process as a precaution."
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