August 10, 2014 7:14 am

Patient in Ontario hospital isolation unit tests negative for Ebola

A patient who was admitted to Brampton Civic Hospital has tested negative for the ebola virus.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Victor Biro

BRAMPTON, Ont. – A patient who was placed in the isolation unit of a Toronto-area hospital has tested negative for the Ebola virus.

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins broke the news in a statement he issued this morning.

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“I can now confirm a recent case that underwent testing at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg was found to test negative for Ebola virus disease,” he said in a release.

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The person was admitted to Brampton Civic Hospital with flu-like symptoms after returning from Nigeria, one of the West African nations currently battling an Ebola outbreak that has killed nearly 1,000 people.

The release says the patient is doing well.

Initial symptoms of Ebola are similar to several more common diseases, such as the flu, and health care providers have been advised to be on heightened alert for Ebola cases.

Hoskins says health professionals responded to the alert appropriately by taking infection-prevention precautions, adding that Ontario is fully prepared should any Ebola cases appear in the province.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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