Via CBC News: Person who visited Nigeria now in isolation at Brampton hospital with flu-like symptoms. Excerpt:
A hospital in Brampton, Ont., has instituted heightened infection-control procedures after a patient who had recently visited Nigeria was brought in with fever and flu-like symptoms.
Nigeria is one of the countries affected by the largest and longest ever recorded Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed at least 961 people since March, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO has confirmed four new Ebola cases in Nigeria, which has declared a state of emergency amid the outbreak.
The patient has been isolated at William Osler Health System’s Brampton Civic Hospital, which Peel Region health officials stress is purely precautionary given the patient’s travel history.
Dr. Eileen de Villa with Peel Public Health said the patient is showing a fever and other flu-like symptoms but cautioned there has been no diagnosis yet.
"I am aware that we are currently testing a patient who recently travelled from West Africa. Initial signs and symptoms of Ebola are similar to many more common diseases," Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins said in a release Friday night.
"One such disease relevant to African travel is malaria. There are currently no confirmed cases of Ebola in Ontario."
Hoskins said he is in close contact with the chief medical officer of health and they are closely managing the situation.
Alison McGeer, a microbiologist and infectious disease consultant at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, said that "although it feels odd," seeing the precautions currently being taken at Brampton Civic should reassure Canadians.
"It’s unlikely that we’re going to see cases of Ebola virus that come to Canada," McGreer told CBC News. "But it’s important that we are precautionary about it, that we have systems in place to detect people.
"And the people those systems are going to detect are people who’ve travelled, probably not even to high risk areas in those countries, but to those countries and who now have malaria or influenza or one of the many other diseases that can give you a fever."