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October 13, 2014 Corporate No Comments Email Email

Australian Red Cross aid worker Sue Ellen Kovack has left Cairns hospital after second tests came back negative for the Ebola virus.

It is a week since nurse Sue Ellen Kovack returned from Sierra Leone and four days since she was admitted to hospital with a slightly elevated temperature.

“It’s a huge relief that the tests have cleared me of having the Ebola virus. It confirms that our protection and safety measures are working well. I’ll be staying in precautionary isolation for the rest of the three weeks since I last had contact with patients in Sierra Leone,” Ms Kovack said.

“The outpouring of support from my family, friends and so many Australians and others around the world has been overwhelming and really quite emotional for me.

“The past few days have been a worrying and taxing time and it has meant I’ve not had much time to fully process the challenges I had in West Africa, treating people sick with Ebola, seeing people die and helping to control this dreadful virus.

“I’d like to bring the focus back to the tens of thousands of people directly affected by Ebola in West Africa. 4,000 have lost their lives, and over 8400 have been infected in total. That means more than 40,000 people have family members who have either died or become infected.

“The international community needs to do so much more right now to stop Ebola in its tracks, before it really gets right out of control.

“It has been so inspiring and it has really kept me going in the past few days to know there’s growing public support for action to help people affected by Ebola in West Africa.

“Most importantly to me, I’m sending a message to my fellow medical professionals who are thinking about heading over to treat the sick and work at bringing Ebola under control: Please, please do it.

“I would also like to remind everyone that it costs money to send health workers and help to resource the Ebola response. Please consider donating to the Red Cross Ebola Outbreak Appeal,” Ms Kovack said.

Donations to the Australian Red Cross Ebola Outbreak 2014 Appeal can be made at or by calling 1800 811 700.

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