An Irish engineer who died at home after returning from working in Sierra Leone had not contracted the Ebola virus, health chiefs have confirmed.
Dessie Quinn, 43, was being treated for malaria after returning two weeks ago from the west African country and was found dead in bed in Co Donegal by a friend in the early hours of Thursday.
Medics ordered blood tests following a post-mortem investigation into his sudden death amid fears he may have been suffering from the incurable Ebola.
The Quinn family said they had been kept in the dark and were not notified of health chiefs’ concerns before a statement on the precautionary investigation was released to national media in Ireland on Thursday.
The agency said: “The Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed that laboratory test samples for an individual, who had recently returned from Africa, has proved negative for Ebola virus.
“Infection control procedures, which had been put in place as a precautionary measure, will now be stepped down.
“The HSE expressed its condolences to the individual’s family and friends for their loss.”