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Canada quarantines man with Ebola symptoms

2014-08-09 10:31

Montreal - A Canadian hospital put a patient in isolation Friday after he arrived in the country from Nigeria with symptoms of fever and flu - possible signs he is infected with Ebola - local media said.

Nigeria is one of several countries in West Africa that has had confirmed cases of Ebola, in the world's largest ever outbreak of the deadly haemorrhagic fever that has seen nearly 1 000 deaths and more than 1 700 people infected since the beginning of the year.

A doctor at the Brampton, Ontario hospital, near Toronto, said the patient had a fever and other symptoms similar to those seen in Ebola cases, the news channel CP24 said.

Authorities decided to place him in isolation as a precaution, though there has been no official diagnosis and there are multiple diseases that could have caused his symptoms, stressed Eileen de Villa, an official with the region's Public Health office, according to CTV news.

In addition to quarantining the patient, the hospital also enacted other strict precautionary measures, she said.

The worst affected countries so far have been Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, but Nigeria has also had nine confirmed cases of Ebola so far.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday declared a national emergency several hours after the World Health Organization called the epidemic a global health crisis.

Comments
  • Steven Murhula Demou - 2014-08-09 11:53

    this is a strategy to isolate africa

      Holly - 2014-08-09 11:57

      Oh for goodness sake, get over yourself. It's a virus!

      Tiekie Black - 2014-08-09 12:10

      dont be silly! this is a epidemic which is in africa! all countries in africa must be isolated from these effected parts

      Pierre Els - 2014-08-09 12:13

      Steven, this is a typical zanc comment.....

      David Allcock - 2014-08-09 12:31

      paranoid chip on shoulder much...

      David Allcock - 2014-08-09 12:31

      paranoid chip on shoulder much...

      Teboho Mokotjomela - 2014-08-09 13:30

      @Steven, typical African mentality to politicised crisis that is that massacering the people...

      David Allcock - 2014-08-09 14:25

      but yes you are right....it is a campaign to isolate those with the ebola virus...who just happen to be in africa.....it is vital that they are isolatef....this may only be the begining of a very intense isolation....better hope they can isolate contain and stop this virus before it reaches martial law type of restriction...

      David Allcock - 2014-08-09 14:26

      but yes you are right....it is a campaign to isolate those with the ebola virus...who just happen to be in africa.....it is vital that they are isolatef....this may only be the begining of a very intense isolation....better hope they can isolate contain and stop this virus before it reaches martial law type of restriction...

      David Allcock - 2014-08-09 14:26

      but yes you are right....it is a campaign to isolate those with the ebola virus...who just happen to be in africa.....it is vital that they are isolatef....this may only be the begining of a very intense isolation....better hope they can isolate contain and stop this virus before it reaches martial law type of restriction...

  • Tiekie Black - 2014-08-09 12:08

    this should be more than enough reason for flights to be suspended to these affected countries!

  • rob.vogel.5688 - 2014-08-09 16:24

    We have many Nigerians in SA. With incompetent SA border procedures, brace yourself SA.

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