B.C. woman tests negative for Ebola
The Ebola Virus is shown in this undated electron micrograph photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. (FILE PHOTO)
A B.C. woman who showed Ebola symptoms after returning from a trip to Sierra Leone has tested negative for the virus.
"To be abundantly cautious, we do preliminary tests and we do repeat tests as well," Dr. Bonnie Henry, the deputy provincial health officer, said during a Tuesday-afternoon press conference.
The second batch of tests will be conducted in the coming days, she said. The patient remains in isolation in the meantime.
Most likely, she's suffering from something more common like influenza or a respiratory virus, Henry added.
The woman first reported symptoms on Sunday night, health officials said, and was brought to the emergency room in Kelowna on Monday evening.
Kelowna General Hospital chief of staff Dr. Mike Ertel said there are no restrictions on patients or visitors to the health-care facility.
"We want to stress to the public that the emergency department is fully functional and there's no risk to patients or visitors whatsoever," he said.
The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 8,000 people in West Africa.