Precautions taken with patient at Toronto-area hospital with Ebola-like symptoms

A public health official says a patient at a hospital near Toronto has been isolated as a precautionary measure after showing flu-like symptoms similar to those characteristic of the Ebola virus.

Dr. Eileen de Villa with Peel Public Health says the steps are being taken because the patient at Brampton Civic Hospital recently travelled to Nigeria, which has been hit with an outbreak of the disease.

She says the patient is showing a fever and other flu-like symptoms but cautioned there has been no diagnosis yet.

She says the hospital has put heightened infection-control measures in place in addition to isolating the patient.

The World Health Organization says the latest Ebola outbreak in Africa is the largest and longest ever recorded for the disease and has killed at least 961 people.

Nigeria on Friday declared a state of emergency because of Ebola.

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  1. marguerite posted on 08/08/2014 09:18 PM
    Even though there is not a definite diagnosis this virus will spread from continent to continent with the amount that air travel that goes on now a days. Maybe it is about time we think about screening passengers that travel into Canada from any country that is inflicted with any type of virus, plague etc. It may not be full proof but it is a start.
  2. ric posted on 08/08/2014 10:43 PM
    All flights should be cancelled to these countries and all travel there should be prohibited. I don't think that any Canadian should be exposed to these diseases.
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