MOSCOW, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - A woman traveling from West Africa, with no reported contact with an Ebola patient, has been isolated at Brisbane Hospital in Australia after coming down with a fever half way through a voluntary 21-day quarantine, The Brisbane Times reported Sunday.
"She didn't have any known contact with anyone who was sick with Ebola virus disease, but she did come from an area that had a reasonably large number of cases," chief health officer of the Queensland state Dr. Jeannette Young, was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
The 18-year-old West African woman was relocating from Guinea with her family as part of Australian government's humanitarian refugee program.
The results of her test will be confirmed on Monday while she remains in isolation at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.
According to the newspaper, the voluntary home quarantine was already organized three days before the family’s arrival and therefore they were met by relevant officials at the airport.
"There is no risk to the community at all because they haven't left the house in the time that they have been here," Dr. Young was quoted as saying, adding that no one else in the family displayed any Ebola-like symptoms.
The latest World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola case count indicated that a total of 10,141 confirmed, probable and suspected cases have been reported so far. The Ebola virus has caused 4,922 deaths, with the hardest hit West African countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea accounting for 4,912 of the deaths.
According to the WHO, the virus is not air-borne and is only transmitted by direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. However, symptoms may take up to three weeks to show.