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02Ott/14

Ebola? Put a tick – by AlessandroBurato

A man goes to the hospital saying he is not feeling very well. Medical staff, due to the international health alarming situation is trained to fill a pre-assessment checklist in which information about recent travel itineraries has to be reported. The man says to the nurse he has just come back from a journey in West Africa, in particular from Liberia. A tick is placed in the provided box. However, that information is not fully communicated to the doctor who, after a diagnosis of low-grade fever from a viral infection, sends the patient home with antibiotics. After three days the man is hospitalized in the isolation room with a completely different diagnosis: Ebola.

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