Saudi National Dies at King Fahd Hospital–
A view of King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah, where the first suspected Ebola case died on Wednesday. (Arab News)
Ibrahim Al-lZahrani, a businessman in his 40s, passed away at the King Fahd Hospital, where he was admitted Monday night after showing symptoms of viral hemorrhagic fever.
Test samples were sent to the US and Europe.
A Saudi national, who fell ill after returning from Sierra Leone, died early Wednesday in his hospital isolation ward where he was being tested for the Ebola virus, said the Saudi Health Ministry.
The 40-year-old returned on Sunday from Sierra Leone, where there has been an Ebola outbreak, and was then hospitalized in Jiddah after showing symptoms of the viral hemorrhagic fever.
The patient’s samples are being tested in an international reference lab on the advice of the World Health Organization. He had already tested negative for dengue fever.
Different types of viral hemorrhagic fevers have been found in the kingdom, but the ministry statement said no case of Ebola has ever been detected there.
Ebola, which has no proven vaccine or treatment, has killed more than 900 people this year in four countries in West Africa.
Saudi officials told the media the man died from cardiac arrest. The ministry did not reveal the results of the Ebola tests carried out abroad.
Saudi Arabia blocked 7,200 Hajj visas from three Ebola infected countries today.