Canada grapples with possible Ebola case – patient in isolation, seriously ill

March 2014 CANADA A man returning to Canada from Liberia is seriously ill in hospital after experiencing symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus that has killed dozens in Guinea, health officials have said. The man has been placed in solitary confinement pending the expected results on Tuesday of tests on his condition. His family is in quarantine in Saskatchewan province, the local health ministry said in a statement. “A diagnosis has not yet been confirmed. Measures have been taken to isolate the patient to ensure the illness is not transmitted,” the ministry said. Public health officials earlier sought to contain people’s concerns, saying the risk to the public was low and noting that an investigation into the case’s circumstances was under way. “All we know at this point is that we have a person who is critically ill who travelled from a country where these diseases occur,” Denise Werker, joint director of health in Saskatchewan, in western Canada, told reporters. The casualty had been in Liberia but developed the symptoms after landing in Canada and would not have been contagious when in transit, she said.
“The information that we have now is this person was not ill when he travelled,” Werker added. “People are not very contagious in the incubation period. There is also a possibility this person has another disease.” Aid workers and health officials in Guinea are battling to contain West Africa’s first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, after neighboring Liberia reported its first suspected victims. At least 59 people are known to have died in Guinea’s southern forests but the Liberian cases, if confirmed, would mark the first spread of the highly contagious pathogen into another country. Werker said the risk of contagion in Canada was low as the disease, one of the world’s most virulent, is transmitted to humans from wild animals and between humans by direct contact with blood, feces or sweat, or by sexual contact and the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses. To date, no treatment or vaccine is available for the Ebola pathogen, which kills between 25 and 90 percent of those who fall sick, depending on the strain of the virus, according to the World Health Organization. The tropical virus — described in some health publications as a “molecular shark” — can fell its victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, weakness, vomiting and diarrhoea — in some cases shutting down organs and causing unstoppable bleeding. It was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1976. The central African country has suffered eight outbreaks. –Yahoo News
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6 Responses to Canada grapples with possible Ebola case – patient in isolation, seriously ill

  1. Irene C says:

    That’s not good.

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  2. Deon Black says:

    This is from Saskatoon,I work with health care workers from this area. I really find it frustrating that the public is being reassured they are not at risk. Yet this man was working in Liberia. We are all at risk

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  3. Ebola Virus Outbreak Symptoms ……As the outbreak of these Ebola Cases are in a “special environment”, mainly from the African Continent, and in that environment, people were in contact with either animals – birds & sheep – , and the virus , was found in their blood, i.e., the environment causes a threat for People to get the sickness – Ebola .. The environmental threat, is caused by the development of Society, which is not enough suitable to these people who got the virus .. It is either the “dirtiness” with which they get in touch, or it is the “immune system” of people who cannot overcome the disease’s virus, or even it maybe both these factors joined together …People with “a weak immune system” can get more easily affected by the “environmental Society” in which they live, and by the Climate , too …….So, that most of the Ebola Cases, outbreak in the African Continent, whether the people affected by it, went travelled after that to another western Continent, or western Country ……;Marie-Mary-Myriam Cassin Medelman Edelman

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  4. niebo says:

    “. . . And would not have been contagious when in transit.”

    Let’s hope.

    http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

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  5. Gail says:

    Not many people seem to be contracting this disease. 8 people out of millions? The other country with 90 something victims out of millions? These people must have a weakened immune system to begin with or, perhaps, most people are naturally immune to it. Kind of like polio. In either case, it doesnt sound like much of a world wide threat.

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