11 Sep 2014

Australian traveller tested for Ebola

2:49 pm on 11 September 2014

An Australian man who fell seriously ill after returning home from a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo during the Ebola outbreak has been taken to hospital as a precaution.

A Liberian Red Cross health worker  disinfects a courtyard  after the body of a victim of the Ebola virus was found.

A Liberian Red Cross health worker disinfects a courtyard after the body of a victim of the Ebola virus was found. Photo: AFP

The man, aged in his 20s has been quarantined at the Gold Coast University Hospital, the ABC reports.

Queensland Health spokeswoman Heidi Carroll said today the man's test results should be known in a few hours, but he could be suffering from another fever.

"This could be a person who is presented with fever and has malaria, so it's too early to tell what this patient has so we will just have to wait and see."

Gates foundation joins fight against Ebola

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is pledging $US50 million to help combat Ebola in West Africa.

The charitable foundation said it was immediately releasing funds to international organisations so they could scale up emergency efforts, the BBC reports.

The World Health Organisation said the outbreak was worsening. Some 2300 people had been killed in West Africa by the virus, with half of those deaths in past three weeks.

Dozens of Liberian-Americans also gathered outside Congress in Washington DC urging the US government to take more action over the virus.

Liberia has been the worst hit by the outbreak with at least 1000 people dying from the disease in the country so far.

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