Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this report in the Calgary Sun: Ebola protocols enacted in Calgary for patient showing signs of 'potential contagious illness'. Excerpt:
Health care officials transferred a patient who may have a contagious illness to the south Calgary designated Ebola hospital Wednesday night.
“Alberta Health Services (AHS) is currently caring for a patient with a potential contagious illness, who was transferred Wednesday evening from the Peter Lougheed Hospital to South Health Campus in Calgary,” said James Stevenson with AHS in a statement late Wednesday.
The South Health Campus was one of two Calgary hospitals that underwent preparations for the potential arrival of the deadly Ebola virus.
A source told the Sun that staff at that hospital were preparing for the arrival of a patient with Ebola-like symptoms Wednesday, including the use of Hazmat-like suits and plastic being taped up.
Stevenson did not confirm the patient headed there was diagnosed with Ebola, or any illness for that matter.
“At this time, it is not confirmed what the illness may be,” he said.
“However, out of an abundance of precaution, AHS has enacted specific infection prevention and control protocols, including cleaning and disinfection, to ensure any risk to other patients, members of the public, and staff remains extremely low.
“To protect patient confidentiality, we will not be providing further detail or speculating about this patient or illness, until such time that a diagnosis is confirmed.”
On Wednesday night, Stevenson could not confirm the patient’s sex, age or travel history.