Sunshine Coast GP cleared after being tested for Ebola

A SUNSHINE Coast GP has been put in isolation in Sydney's Westmead Hospital to face tests for the potentially-fatal Ebola virus after returning from a stint as an aid worker in Sierra Leone, a hot spot for the disease.

On Sunday evening, Dr Parker was cleared of the disease which has killed almost 4000 in the West African nation.


Dr John Parker, who is on leave from Golden Beach Medical Centre, was taken to the hospital at lunchtime on Saturday with flu-like symptoms.

He has been working at an Australian-run Ebola treatment facility in Sierra Leone since November.

A NSW Health statement released on Sunday evening said after testing by the hospital's Emerging Infections and Biohazard Response Unit, Dr Parker was found "negative for Ebola virus disease and that no further testing for Ebola is required at this stage".

Nine News reports he arrived in Sydney on Friday and spent the night at an airport hotel before feeling unwell at 7am today.

His employer Aspen Medical told Nine Dr Parker sought treatment as a precaution.

The Coast physician will undergo more tests at Westmead in an effort to find out the cause of his symptoms.

Dr Parker has previously worked in Nepal, Kenya, Gibraltar, Rwanda and Afghanistan where he was involved with the Red Cross.


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