Earlier today I posted an item on an undiagnosed outbreak of some kind of hemorrhagic disease in Venezuela. Now, via El Universal: Venezuelan health minister: "In the country there are no cases of Ebola". The complete report:
Venezuelan Health Minister Nancy Pérez said that to date no cases of Ebola have been recorded in the country, radio station Unión Radio reported.
She remarked the cases of the eight deaths in Maracay Central Hospital (HCM), central north Aragua state, have no relationship to each other. Further, based on the autopsies, she claimed the results show no "strange disease." The cases had been previously linked to a suspected outbreak of Ebola or chikungunya fever in the Maracay Central Hospital.
"The cases in Aragua state, and doctors know this, have no time or spatial connection to each other. Underlying diseases were found: a cancer patient who had complications and he died. A child who was 17 days and had a plant poisoning that led to a hypovolaemic shock (...) The autopsies show that in the eight cases there was no ‘rare disease,'" said Pérez.
I would have guessed hemorrhagic dengue. Eight fatal cases of chikungunya would have been statistically unlikely, but I'll take the health minister's word. In a country as economically and politically stressed as Venezuela, a kindergarten full of runny noses could set off a health alert.