Ebola-like symptoms emerge in patient being treated in Abitibi
Patient recently in contact with travellers from West Africa
A person in Quebec with symptoms of the Ebola virus is being treated in a hospital in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
According to the regional health and social services agency, the patient was recently in contact with people who may have been exposed to Ebola.
"I have to highlight that our suspicion is very weak," said Dr. Éric Lampron-Goulet, a regional public health official. "We did a test out of precaution."
Lampron-Goulet said the patient has a fever and that, combined with having contact with West African travellers, is sufficient to merit tests.
He said the patient has been isolated while the tests are underway. Tests have been sent to the public health laboratory in Quebec and results are expected within 24 to 36 hours.
He also said Quebec's health system is prepared for Ebola and is following the procedure for treating suspicious cases.