Minister of Health have dismissed rumours hovering around in the social media that Ebola has been registered in Malawi.

On Wednesday, news was all over Facebook pages that Malawi has registered the first Ebola case with the patient being admitted to ABC Clinic in Lilongwe.

Chief of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Charles Mwansambo, dismissed the rumours on Wednesday in Lilongwe during a press briefing.

In his speech, Mwansambo said this is just a mere speculation and he further called for people to treat the matter with caution and seriousness as Ebola is not just an ordinary disease.

According to World Health Organization, as of July 23, there were more than 1,300 cases of the Ebola virus in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria and with as many as 729 deaths.

The fast-acting Ebola virus, which first appeared in 1976, produces a violent hemorrhagic fever that leads to internal and external bleeding.

The infection is transmitted by direct contact with blood, bodily fluids, and tissues of infected people or animals.

Ebola kills up to 90% of those infected, but patients have a better chance of survival if they receive early treatment.

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