August 30, 2014 4:00 pm
Updated: August 30, 2014 8:04 pm

Quebec girl in hospital tests negative for Ebola


WATCH ABOVE: A team of Canadian doctors had to abandon its post in Sierra Leone and are now in a self-imposed quarantine here at home. Shirlee Engel reports.

GATINEAU, Que. – A girl who was put in isolation at a hospital in Gatineau, Que., as a precautionary measure has tested negative for Ebola.

Karelle Kennedy, a spokeswoman for Outaouais region public health, says the girl, who had come down with a fever following a recent trip to West Africa, is in stable condition and under observation.

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Fever is a common symptom of the often deadly virus which has killed more than 1,500 people in the largest Ebola outbreak on record.

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Transmission of Ebola from person to person is made through direct contact with blood and body fluids of a sick person.

Last week, a patient at a Montreal hospital tested negative for the virus, and earlier this month testing confirmed a patient in Brampton, Ont., did not have Ebola.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has advised against all non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and for travellers to Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo to take special precautions.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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