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Calgary patient isolated with possible Ebola virus

By Jenna McMurray, QMI Agency

The new South Health Campus sits in Calgary, Alta., on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency

The new South Health Campus sits in Calgary, Alta., on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency

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Doctors are still awaiting tests on a patient isolated in a Calgary hospital, though Ebola has not been ruled out.

Precautions were made due to the patient's symptoms and travel history, Alberta Health Services said at a media conference Thursday, but added the chances of Ebola is very low.

The patient was isolated in a Calgary hospital on Wednesday night because of concerns the person could have Ebola.

"Alberta Health Services (AHS) is currently caring for a patient with a potential contagious illness, who was transferred Wednesday evening from the Peter Lougheed Hospital to South Health Campus in Calgary," said James Stevenson with AHS in a statement late Wednesday.

The South Health Campus was one of two Calgary hospitals that underwent preparations for the potential arrival of the deadly Ebola virus.

A source told QMI Agency that staff at that hospital were preparing for the arrival of a patient with Ebola-like symptoms Wednesday, including the use of haz-mat-like suits and plastic being taped up.

"At this time, it is not confirmed what the illness may be," Stevenson said.

"However, out of an abundance of precaution, AHS has enacted specific infection prevention and control protocols, including cleaning and disinfection, to ensure any risk to other patients, members of the public, and staff remains extremely low.”

On Wednesday night, Stevenson could not confirm the patient's sex, age or travel history.

 


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