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Friday, 10 October 2014

British man suspected of contracting virus 'dies in Macedonia'

British man suspected of contracting virus 'dies in Macedonia' Oct 09, 2014 22:03 By Andrew Gregory, Chris Hughes, Sam Adams, Christopher Bucktin If confirmed, he will be the first Briton known to have died in the recent global outbreak A British man suffering from suspected Ebola has died in Macedonia, it has been reported. The unnamed man 's death was announced by a senior Macedonian Government official. A second Briton had shown symptoms of the virus, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity is reported to have said. If confirmed, the dead man is the first Briton known to have died in the current global Ebola outbreak. The hotel where the man had been staying has been sealed off - with the authorities reported to be keeping another Briton and staff inside. The pair travelled to Macedonia from London on October 2. The dead man was taken ill at about 3pm local time and died around two hours later, the spokesman said. GoogleDeath: The man is reported to have died in Macedonia A spokesman from the Macedonian foreign ministry said: "I can confirm that a British person has died and he is in the state hospital in Skopje. "We are looking to see what are the reasons according to the protocols of the World Health Organisation.'' Dr Jovanka Kostovska of the ministry’s commission for infectious diseases said the man had been suffering from fever, vomiting and internal bleeding, and that his condition deteriorated rapidly. "These are all symptoms of Ebola, which raises suspicions with this patient," Kostovska told a news conference, adding that samples had been sent to Germany for tests to confirm the cause of death.