Update: Gold Coast health officials say there is an “extremely small” chance a Qld man is infected with Ebola.
Earlier: Gold Coast health officials say a man has been isolated in a hospital after displaying symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.
The ill 25-year-old was taken to Gold Coast university hospital about 7.40am on Thursday by paramedics wearing full protective gear, a Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said.
Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service acting chief executive Damian Green says more details about the man’s condition will be released when they are known.
“Gold Coast Health can confirm a patient has been transferred to Gold Coast University Hospital after being identified by paramedics as having symptoms of Ebola virus,” he said in a statement.
“Gold Coast Health is taking necessary precautions and has isolated the patient, who is currently being assessed.
“Gold Coast Heath has processes in place to safely manage such circumstances.”
The man fell seriously ill upon returning from the Democratic Republic of Congo, News Corp Australia reports.
Queensland Health is also expected to provide further details.
More than 2200 people have died in an Ebola outbreak from more than 4200 infections in the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.