Health Minister Peter Dutton says Australia is well prepared to deal with cases of Ebola should anyone test positive for the disease.
Eleven Australians have been tested for Ebola in recent weeks but all have been cleared.
Health authorities have confirmed that Cairns nurse Sue-Ellen Kovack, 57, has been cleared of Ebola by initial tests.
But federal Health Minister Peter Dutton says she’s not the only one who has undergone testing in recent weeks.
“Already we’ve had 11 cases that have presented across the country that have all been negative,” he told reporters in Brisbane.
“We have put in place plans in major tertiary hospitals around the country that if we do have a positive case, we will be able to deal with that case.”
The chief medical officer, chief of the defence force and immigration department secretary have all advised the federal government on how to respond to the growing Ebola crisis around the world.
Initial screening is now able to be done at airports and passengers on planes coming from affected African countries are being given information about the disease.
“That provides a world-class response and is probably ahead of the game where other developed countries are at the moment,” Mr Dutton said.