Brampton patient tests negative for Ebola 0
Brampton Civic Hospital (JACK BOLAND, Toronto Sun)
Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins praised the province’s health-care system after a patient at Brampton Civic Hospital tested negative for the deadly Ebola virus.
Hoskins released a statement Sunday lauding “the health care workers and public health officials involved in the case for their tireless work,” and insisting that “Ontarians should know that we are fully prepared should any cases appear in the province.”
The patient had recently travelled to Canada from West Africa and was taken to Brampton Civic Hospital late last week after displaying symptoms associated with the early stages of the virus: fever, headache, muscle pain and malaise, for example.
Isolation of the patient was done as a precautionary measure, Hoskins said.
The National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg ran tests and found the patient didn’t have Ebola — a virus currently making its way through a number of West African countries.
“Initial signs and symptoms of Ebola are similar to many more common diseases and health care providers have been advised to be on heightened alert for Ebola cases,” Hoskins said in the statement. “Health professionals responded to the alert appropriately, by identifying an individual who potentially may have been affected, taking enhanced infection-prevention precautions, and testing. Our system worked as it should.”
— With files by Shawn Jeffords