Via CBC News Saskatchewan: Sick man in Saskatoon tests negative for Ebola.
A man in hospital in Saskatchewan has tested negative for Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers, a World Health Organization spokesman says.
On Monday, provincial health officials said a man who had recently travelled in western Africa was in critical condition in hospital in Saskatoon.
They said the patient had visited Liberia and was being examined for a suspected case of viral hemorrhagic fever.
However, a WHO official has now said on his Twitter account that hemorrhagic fevers have been ruled out.
Gregory Hartl, WHO's head of public relations, said Ebola, Marburg, Lassa and two other diseases have been ruled out.
He said testing continues but the patient may have malaria.
Lab results will be coming from a lab in Winnipeg later today, Hartl said.
Sometimes a scare can be an instructive experience. This one reminded us that some dangerous diseases are just a few hours away. It also showed us that our healthcare workers prefer to err on the side of caution, and that—in Saskatchewan at least—we've got some good health-communication policies, well carried out. Meanwhile, Ebola is still a concern in West Africa.