A health care worker, who had recently returned from Australia’s Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone, was put in isolation Saturday in New Zealand’s Christchurch Hospital as officials await confirmation on whether she has contracted the disease.
“Blood samples have been taken for the diagnostic testing and are being sent to Melbourne today. Test results to rule out Ebola are expected sometime on Sunday,” New Zealand’s Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
She is, however, considered to be in a stable condition, media reports said, citing officials.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop reportedly said that the treatment center had “strict infection prevention protocols in place” to prevent the virus from spreading. The center, to which Australia gave $25 million, was opened in mid-December and has since discharged 118 patients, including 36, who have recovered from Ebola.