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Media reporting suspect Ebola case in Brampton, Canada based on flu-like symptoms and travel from Nigeria, suggesting this case will not be confirmed.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:07 pm 
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Brampton Civic hospital treating patient from Africa with flu-like symptoms
08/08/2014 05:57 PM Toronto Staff

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A Brampton hospital is taking precautionary measures after a patient who recently travelled to Canada from Nigeria came down with a fever and other flu-like symptoms.

The patient arrived at the emergency department at William Osler Health System’s Brampton Civic Hospital earlier today.

“Osler sees and treats several patients a week with similar symptoms because of its proximity to the airport and over the last week, has put in heightened infection control protocols as a precautionary measure due to the emerging situation in West Africa,” the spokesperson said.

West Africa is currently dealing with an Ebola outbreak.

“Osler medical experts are working closely with Peel Public Health to confirm a diagnosis,” the hospital said.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:46 pm 
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Brampton Civic hospital treating patient from Africa with flu-like symptoms
Toronto Staff Aug 8, 2014 05:57:14 PM

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A Brampton hospital is taking precautionary measures after a patient who recently travelled to Canada from Nigeria came down with a fever and other flu-like symptoms.

The patient arrived at the emergency department at William Osler Health System’s Brampton Civic Hospital earlier today.

“Osler sees and treats several patients a week with similar symptoms because of its proximity to the airport and over the last week, has put in heightened infection control protocols as a precautionary measure due to the emerging situation in West Africa,” the spokesperson said.

West Africa is currently dealing with an Ebola outbreak.

“Osler medical experts are working closely with Peel Public Health to confirm a diagnosis,” the hospital said.

Allison McGeer, Infectious Disease Consultant with Mount Sinai Hospital, told 680News that the likelihood that the person has Ebola is “very small,” but says hospitals must take necessary precautions and follow protocol when dealing with anyone who has a fever and has travelled to a high-risk area.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:07 pm 
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Ebola scare in Brampton 349

BY MARYAM SHAH ,TORONTO SUN
FIRST POSTED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 08, 2014 07:36 PM EDT | UPDATED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 08, 2014 11:04 PM EDT


A patient who recently returned from a trip to Nigeria and developed fever and flu-like symptoms has triggered an Ebola virus scare at Brampton Civic Hospital.

Nigeria is one of several western African countries dealing with an outbreak of the potentially deadly Ebola virus.

On Friday, Nigeria declared a national state of emergency over the growing health crisis — one that has caused the World Health Organization (WHO) to call the outbreak an “extraordinary event.”

The patient admitted to Brampton Civic Hospital developed fever and flu-like symptoms on Friday, according to Dr. Eileen de Villa, Peel Region’s associate medical officer of health.

While de Villa isn’t a member of the team of medical personnel treating the patient, she confirmed that person has been placed in isolation.

“I’m quite confident in this circumstance that the hospital is taking the necessary measures, in particular infection control measures,” said de Villa, adding that the exact ailment hadn’t yet been confirmed.

“Again, there are health concerns that are ongoing in west Africa and in Nigeria,” she said. “The management of this particular case, given the recent travel, includes the use of heightened infection control measures.”

The hospital is investigating and treating the patient’s condition with help from public health officials.

A health-care provider is by law required to report to public health “when they suspect the presence of a communicable disease,” de Villa said. “We’re working with our hospital partners to facilitate the appropriate public health laboratory connections so that a diagnosis can be made.”

Microbiologist Jason Tetro is confident that the diagnosis is likely not Ebola.

Tetro has kept an eye on the outbreak, which has killed more than 900 people in West Africa so far.

The situation in Brampton is “our health-care system at work,” he said.

“We learned from SARS and we are not going to allow SARS to happen again, whether it be Ebola, avian flu ... or any other outbreak that may happen,” Tetro said.

There is a “very low chance” that the diagnosis for the patient in Brampton would be Ebola, he added.

Given that only a tiny portion of the Nigerian population has the virus, “the likelihood that this person came into contact with infected people is literally nil,” Tetro said.

With no known cure, Ebola has a mortality rate of up to 90%, according to WHO.

Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, and internal and external bleeding, and can take up to 21 days to develop.

It’s spread through contact with blood and other bodily fluids.

Brampton Civic Hospital didn’t respond Friday to several requests for information.

— With files from Reuters

maryam.shah@sunmedia.ca

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:15 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:35 pm 
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Ebola test negative for Brampton, Ont., man hospitalized after Nigeria trip
Health-care response shows 'our system worked,' health minister says
CBC News Posted: Aug 10, 2014 6:07 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 10, 2014 6:25 AM ET

Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins confirmed that the man, who recently travelled to Canada from West Africa, where the outbreak has prompted states of emergency, is now "doing well" and anticipated to have a "full and speedy recovery."

"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," Hoskins said in a release, posted to the Ontario ministry's website.

The man had complained of fever, headache, muscle pain and malaise.

Brampton Civic Hospital had instituted heightened infection-control procedures after the patient was admitted.

Hoskins said health professionals responded appropriately and showed "our system worked as it should."

Nigeria is one of the countries affected by the largest and longest ever recorded Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed at least 961 people since March, according to the World Health Organization.

Early signs and symptoms of Ebola are similar to many more common diseases, a release from the minitstry of health said, adding the risk of transmission of the virus is low in Ontario.

"Given the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, it is expected that health care providers will consider Ebola as one of the diseases to rule out for persons who have recently travelled to one of the affected African countries, and who are presenting with symptoms seen in many more common diseases such as malaria or the flu. These symptoms could include fever, malaise, muscle pain and headache."


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