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Man who returned to Canada from Liberia tests negative for Ebola

Published on Mar 25, 2014 10:55 PM

OTTAWA (AFP) - A traveller who returned to Canada from Liberia with symptoms that initially triggered fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus was pronounced clear of the disease on Tuesday.

"I can confirm to you that the test was negative," Mr Michael Bolkenius, spokesman for Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose, told AFP.

The World Health Organization, meanwhile, said tests on the man for the Marburg virus, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever and Rift Valley fever had also proved negative.

The man had been placed in quarantine pending the results of tests by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His family were also placed in quarantine in Saskatchewan province, according to provincial health officials.

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