Ebola test on patient at Toronto hospital comes back negative
Officials had said patient was 'very unlikely' to have deadly virus
A patient who was under quarantine at a Toronto hospital has tested negative for the Ebola virus, according to a spokeswoman for the University of Health Network.
“This means that the patient will not be isolated and staff caring for the patient will not be using special personal protective equipment for Ebola while providing care,” Gillian Howard, vice president of public affairs, said in a statement released early Saturday.
The patient had recently checked into the hospital with a fever. Staff followed Ebola protocol because the patient had been to Nigeria within the past 21 days, Howard said.
The University Health Network is made up of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, but the statement did not say which hospital tested the patient.
A note was sent out Thursday afternoon to inform staff about the situation.
"In order to respect patient privacy there will be no further comment on this case," the network's statement said.
Dr. Michael Gardam, director of infection prevention and control at UHN, told CBC News on Thursday evening that the hospital was following protocol.
"I'm not worried about this individual having Ebola. There's a number of circumstances around where they were and their symptoms, et cetera, which make it exceedingly unlikely that this person has Ebola virus," he said.
In August, a man at a Brampton, Ont., hospital was isolated after he presented with flu-like symptoms after recently travelling to Nigeria. He tested negative for the Ebola virus.
The United States is currently dealing with a single case of Ebola in Dallas, a man who travelled to Texas from Liberia.
The outbreak in West Africa has killed some 3,300 people this year.