Ebola response plan put to the test in Victoria

The incident occurred last Friday, only days after Victoria’s Ebola virus disease (EVD) response plan was issued to hospitals, GPs and other health service providers.

The one-year-old child had returned to Australia from West Africa, where the deadly virus has killed more than 2600 people, five days before developing the symptoms.

“A child, initially treated at Frankston Hospital, was transported to the Royal Children’s Hospital for tests for EVD, which proved negative,” Victorian Health Minister David Davis said.

“Clinicians at both hospitals, Ambulance Victoria, our public health lab and the health department ensured a well-coordinated response.”

The child was placed in an isolated negative-pressure room until the results of blood and throat swab tests were returned.

Royal Children’s Hospital chief medical officer Dr Peter McDougall said the diagnosis took less than four hours, no