Montreal patient placed in isolation tests negative for Ebola virus
MONTREAL – Global News has learned that a patient who had been placed in isolation at a Montreal hospital after showing symptoms consistent with the deadly Ebola virus has tested negative for the illness.
The director of infectious diseases at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital says the man recently returned from Guinea, one of the West African countries hit by an outbreak of the virus.
Dr. Karl Weiss says test samples were sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.
The Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital has confirmed that the results have come back negative and that the patient is not infected with the virus.
Weiss says the hospital followed a strict protocol and other patients were never at risk.
Earlier this month a patient at a hospital in Brampton, Ont. was also placed in isolation over fear the person had contracted the virus, but ended up testing negative.
More than 1,400 people have died so far in the largest Ebola outbreak on record.
*With files from The Canadian Press
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