Lebanon Reports First Suspected Case Of Ebola

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s health minister says a Lebanese man who arrived from West Africa is suspected of having Ebola and has been quarantined, the first such case in the country.

The minister, Wael Abu Faour, said on Thursday that the Lebanese national reported himself to hospital after fearing he was displaying symptoms of the disease.

Abu Faour says the man arrived from a West African country earlier in the week. He did not provide more details.

He says the man is being cared for in a Beirut hospital, which has prepared a special unit to deal with diseases such as Ebola.

Thousands of Lebanese live in African nations including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — countries where Ebola has killed more than 4,500 people so far.