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World - Europe

Ebola a possibility in German camerman's illness

August 5, 1999
Web posted at: 3:09 p.m. EDT (1909 GMT)

BERLIN (CNN) -- Doctors are trying to determine if a German cameraman who has been admitted to a hospital for hemorrhagic fever has the deadly ebola virus.

The man's wife, who has not been hospitalized, is also being watched for possible symptoms.

Olaf Ullmann, 39, had returned from the Ivory Coast in West Africa, where he was working for three weeks on a nature film for the German public broadcaster ORB.

Another man who apparently accompanied them to the Ivory Coast is in a hospital in Jena, Thuringia, in eastern Germany, after feeling sick Wednesday night.

Symptoms similar to less severe fevers

According to hospital spokeswoman Kerstin Ullrich, the symptoms seen in the cameraman are comparable to Rift-Valley fever or Krim Kongo fever, less-severe forms of hemorrhagic fever.

The Hamburg Tropical Institute is researching the virus that sickened Ullmann and comparing it to samples they keep in Hamburg to determine if it is ebola.

The ebola virus was detected in Zaire in 1976. Its symptoms include severe internal bleeding that is often fatal.

Victims are isolated to prevent spread of the illness. There is no known cure.



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