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British man dies of suspected Ebola in Macedonia – first UK victim of virus that has killed thousands

 

  • The unnamed man is the first UK victim of Ebola, if disease is confirmed
  • The epidemic has killed 3,800 and infected at least 8,000 so far 
  • Macedonian authorities confirmed the dead man’s nationality this evening
  • Health officials have also quarantined his friend, who has symptoms
  • The friend said the two travelled to Skopje directly from Britain
  • This raises the terrifying prospect that they contracted it in the UK 
  • Paramedics and staff at Skopje hotel where men stayed also in quarantine 

A British man has died of suspected Ebola in the Macedonian capital of Skopje.

If confirmed, the unnamed 58-year-old is the first British victim of the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa and has spread to North America and Europe.

A second man, a friend of the deceased, has also shown symptoms of the disease. The man’s death and nationality was confirmed by the Macedonian Foreign Ministry this evening. Tests are underway to find out if he had the disease.

The UK Foreign Office says it is investigating the incident. So far the epidemic, the worst on record since Ebola was discovered in 1976, has claimed 3,800 lives and infected at least 8,000 people.

Macedonian police guard the entrance of a quarantined hotel in Skopje. A British man staying there has died of Ebola and his travelling companion has showed symptoms of the disease

Macedonian police guard the entrance of a quarantined hotel in Skopje. A British man staying there has died of Ebola and his travelling companion has showed symptoms of the disease

People look from the window of the quarantined hotel in Skopje where the unnamed British man was staying

People look from the window of the quarantined hotel in Skopje where the unnamed British man was staying

Health workers in Skopje, Macedonia, outside the hospital where the British man died of what is believed to be Ebola

Health workers in Skopje, Macedonia, outside the hospital where the British man died of what is believed to be Ebola

Macedonian TV station Alfa TV reported the patient was admitted to an infection clinic in the city with symptoms of the disease.

When admitted to the hospital, the patient was unable to communicate and passed away shortly after.

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