Donegal man did not die from Ebola virus


Health officials have confirmed that a Donegal man’s death was not caused by the Ebola virus.

Tests on the remains of Dessie Quinn, which had been removed to Letterkenny General Hospital, have proved the virus played no part in his passing.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said infection control procedures, which had been put in place as a precautionary measure, “will now be stepped down”.

In a brief statement issued on Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for the HSE added:

“The HSE expressed its condolences to the individual’s family and friends for their loss.”

The HSE announced on Thursday that they were assessing a suspected case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Donegal, after the public health department was made aware earlier of the remains of an individual discovered that morning.

Engineer Mr Quinn, who had been living in Dublin, recently returned from working in Sierra Leone for his Dublin-based employer.

He is understood to have taken ill shortly before his death while visiting relatives in the Mountcharles/ Inver area of south Donegal.

The company returned all their other staff from the west African country as a precautionary measure, following the outbreak there almost a week ago. All workers were screened but no-one was found to have symptoms.