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JKIA woman did not die of Ebola

12 October 2014, 16:48 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - A woman that died at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport of suspected Ebola has tested negative.

The woman's death caused anxiety after she died Saturday night after arriving from South Sudan died showing Ebola-like symptoms.

Officials at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport JKIA said that the female passenger on board a Kenya Airways flight alighted at 6:45 p.m. with high fever and bleeding from the openings of her body.

Health cabinet secretary James Macharia confirmed Sunday that after several tests, there was no need to panic as the woman was not diagnosed with either Ebola or Marburg Virus.

" The tests have thankfully come out negative for Ebola and Marburg which is good news", he said at the airport.

Read also: 41 UN staffers under Ebola observation in Liberia

Macharia also confirmed that tests to determine the actual cause of death were ongoing and would be communicated in due course.

The incident caused panic at the busy airport which was immediately deserted for hours after the death of the passenger.

The World Health Organization WHO has already classified Kenya as a "high- risk" country for the spread of the deadly virus which has claimed over 4,000 lives in mainly West Africa.

So far, no confirmed case of the virus has been found in the country.

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