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Ebola ruled out for Calgary patient

By Bill Kaufmann, Postmedia Network

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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CALGARY - 

Lab tests have determined that a patient in a Calgary hospital does not have Ebola, Alberta Health Services officials said on Friday.

The hospital had mobilized its Ebola protocols as a precaution, even though health officials said from the outset it was highly unlikely the woman was suffering from the illness that has ravaged several west African countries.

The patient, who Calgary Sun sources said was a 36-year-old pregnant woman who'd emigrated two weeks ago from Guinea, had been transferred from the Peter Lougheed Centre to the city's South Health Campus, whose isolation unit has been designated to handle Ebola cases.

The woman was suffering from fever and nausea.

On Thursday, Calgary's medical officer of health said although the patient's risk of having Ebola was "very low," officials were testing for the illness due to the patient's travel and symptom history.

 


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