Ebola test negative for Brampton, Ont., man hospitalized after Nigeria trip

The patient with flu-like symptoms who recently visited Nigeria and was put into isolation at an Ontario hospital has tested negative for the deadly Ebola virus.

Health-care response shows 'our system worked,' health minister says

A patient placed in isolation at the William Osler Health Centre-Brampton Civic Hospital in Toronto has tested negative for the Ebola virus. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star)

The patient with flu-like symptoms who recently visited Nigeria and was put into isolation at an Ontario hospital has tested negative for the deadly Ebola virus.

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."

Graham Pollett, the province's interim chief medical officer of health, said the focus now turns to what the health system can learn from this experience.

Pollett said a review began Sunday and will continue through next week.

"The review will include looking at how staff at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care responded, what occurred at the hospital and throughout the public health system, just to learn from this experience so that we'll be better prepared on a go-forward basis," Pollett told CBC News in an interview on Sunday afternoon.

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 ministry 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."

With files from The Canadian Press


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