Dr Naruemol Sawanpanyalert, public health expert of the Department of Medical Services, said results from the tests conducted by the Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University and the Department of Medical Sciences showed the 52-year-old Netherlands national, who arrived from Africa with a fever, only had the flu.
The man departed from Ebola-stricken Nigeria Aug 28. He arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport on Wednesday and, that night, his body temperature rose to 38 degrees Celsius. Isolated at Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok, the man's temperature dropped to 37 degrees and he exhibited the general symptoms of the flu on Friday, Dr Naruemol said.
The second round of blood tests is set for Monday, five days after the illness was spotted, which is according to standard practices. If the second round shows negative results again, the man will be discharged.
Dr Opas Karnkavinpong, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, added that monitoring of 21 people who were in close contact with the patient would also be lifted if tests proved negative. He said there have been no reported cases of Ebola in Thailand and only two had warranted testing. The first one was a Guinean woman who eventually was diagnosed with malaria.
About 1,100 people had arrived in Thailand from countries with Ebola outbreaks and none of them had showed any serious clue of the disease, Dr Opas said.