FAISALABAD - The cause of death of a 40-year-old man who died in Allied Hospital with “what doctors had feared were Ebola symptoms” was in fact dengue and hepatitis C, a statement issued by the National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC) said.

Earlier, the World Health Organisation and the NHSRC had also issued a joint statement, saying that the victim was not suffering from Ebola, and that reports that he may have contracted the deadly Ebola virus during a trip to Africa were incorrect.

The deceased, who hailed from Chiniot, had recently returned from Togo in West Africa a week ago and was admitted to Faisalabad’s Allied Hospital on Saturday with high fever and bleeding from his nose and mouth. The symptoms prompted suspicions that patient may have contracted the deadly Ebola virus.

In a joint statement today, the WHO and NHRSC clarified that Toga is not among Ebola affected countries. The statement also said that the man had died of dengue and had also been suffering from hepatitis C.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed that Ebola virus had not been detected in the deceased patient at the Allied Hospital.

It was reported that patient Zulfiqar died of hepatitis C and dengue fever.

Doctors said Zulfiqar was a chronic patient of various diseases and was hospitalised for nearly three weeks in Togo before coming to Pakistan.

Allied Hospital MS Dr Rashid Maqbool told the media that the patient had serious liver problems. He was in critical condition when brought to the hospital from a local hospital in his hometown.