Ottawa patient tests negative for Ebola
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Ottawa patient tests negative for Ebola

An Ottawa patient tested negative Sunday for Ebola, but Belleville hospital still waits for results


The Ottawa patient who was isolated Sunday after displaying Ebola-like symptoms has tested negative for the disease, according to an update from Ottawa Public Health.

The patient at Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus was “under investigation” after displaying Ebola-like symptoms, hospital spokesperson Allison Neill said.

A tweet from Ottawa Public Health issued just before 7 p.m. Monday confirmed that Ebola-related precautions, like isolation, have been lifted.

The patient, who arrived at the hospital yesterday, “recently visited a West African country,” said a City of Ottawa press release. The patient was immediately put into isolation. No details about the patient’s identity are being released.

Samples from the patient were sent to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg for testing.

A patient at Belleville General Hospital was also being tested for the virus, Quinte Health Care spokesperson Susan Rowe confirmed.

Rowe stressed that it is a “very low risk case” and that it’s “highly unlikely” that the patient is actually carrying the virus.

The Belleville patient had briefly entered Sierra Leone in the past week but did not leave the airport. The patient came into the hospital early Monday morning and was put under quarantine in under four minutes, Rowe said.

Samples from the patient have also been sent to the National Microbiology Lab for testing.

There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Canada, Health Canada said.

Toronto Star

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