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Hotel In Macedonia Quarantined After Death Of British Man With Ebola-Like Symptoms

Authorities sealed off a hotel in Skopje, Macedonia, on Thursday, keeping hotel staff and another British man inside. Local journalists said there was little evidence the death was caused by Ebola.

Posted on October 9, 2014, at 5:25 p.m. ET

Ognen Teofilovski / Reuters

A hotel in Macedonia was sealed off after a British man who stayed there died while showing some symptoms of Ebola, Reuters reported.

Hotel staff and another British man were quarantined after the patient died shortly after being taken to a hospital Thursday afternoon.

Although the hotel has been quarantined, Macedonian and British authorities have so far been unable to confirm if the man actually had Ebola. The BBC reported he traveled directly from the U.K. to Macedonia and had not visited West Africa, where the virus has claimed more than 3,000 lives.

Local journalists reported it was unlikely the man died of Ebola, though he appeared to have a hemorrhagic fever.

#Macedonia clinic says 'high odds' death of Briton was not caused by ebola. Reports patient was drinking heavily and complained of pains

Cvetin Chilimanov@CvetinFollow

#Macedonia clinic says 'high odds' death of Briton was not caused by ebola. Reports patient was drinking heavily and complained of pains

12:32 PM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Macedonian govt: British man who died in Skopje had hemorrhagic fever bt NOT #Ebola; second man hospitalised,neither been in Africa recently

Bojan Pancevski@bopancFollow

Macedonian govt: British man who died in Skopje had hemorrhagic fever bt NOT #Ebola; second man hospitalised,neither been in Africa recently

11:48 AM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It could take until Saturday to confirm his cause of death.

Results whether it is #ebola or not will have to wait 48 hrs as #Macedonia doesn't have laboratory to do that sort of analysis.

Andreja Bogdanovski@BogdanovskiAFollow

Results whether it is #ebola or not will have to wait 48 hrs as #Macedonia doesn't have laboratory to do that sort of analysis.

11:58 AM - 09 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Police guard the entrance of a quarantined hotel in Skopje on Thursday. Ognen Teofilovski / Reuters

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