A patient who recently returned from West Africa and presented symptoms resembling Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Montreal has tested negative for the virus. According to a CBC report Saturday, the patient was quarantined as a precaution at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Montreal on Saturday.
He had recently returned from Guinea, one of the West African countries affected by the outbreak. Testing was performed by the lab in Winnipeg.
“You can’t take any chance, so this is what happened with someone who just returned from Guinea within the last 21 days, came to the hospital with fever and other general symptoms — non-specific symptoms — and because of that we have no choice but to put in place a certain protocol and make sure,” Dr. Karl Weiss, chief of the hospital’s infectious diseases department said.
Earlier this month, a Canadian man was placed in isolation at a Toronto-area hospital after complaining of a fever after a recent visit to Nigeria. He also tested negative for EVD.
To date, the number of cases and deaths in the West Africa EVD outbreak stands at 2,615 cases and 1,427 deaths.