The Health Ministry has begun investigations into a possible case of the Ebola virus entering Sri Lanka.
A casualty at the Rikillagaskada Base Hospital was reported to have several symptoms of the disease including a high fever, diarrhea and vomiting. However, a communique issued by the State Media Department said that the symptoms could also mean that the man had Rat Fever and that further blood samples had been sent for testing to verify the cause of death.
But due to the individuals recent travel history where he spent some time in India, the Director of the Ministry of Health has instructed Divisional Health Officers to take all precautions.
There have been no reported cases of Ebola in India so far but a Nigerian woman on route to India has died in the UAE after exhibiting symptoms of the disease. Symptoms of the virus take between two days to three weeks to become apparent. The virus spreads through contact with infected individuals body fluid.