Belleville General Hospital Testing Patient with Ebola-like Symptoms

Quinte Healthcare communications director, Susan Rowe, has confirmed that a man who arrived at Belleville General Hospital today, showing Ebola-like symptoms, is currently being tested for Ebola virus as a precautionary measure. However, Rowe alleged that even though the man has recently returned from West Africa, it is highly unlikely the patient will test positive for the virus.

QHC chief of staff and a nationally recognized inflection control expert, Dr. Dick Zoutman, elucidated that “given his symptoms and that he was not exposed to any ill people during a very short stopover in West Africa, it is extremely unlikely that he would test positive for Ebola. We expect he has any number of diseases common when people travel.” Zoutman stated that “however, since we cannot immediately rule out Ebola, we are taking the conservative approach and sending a sample out for testing at the National Microbiology lab in Winnipeg.” The results of the test will be back in between 24 and 36 hours, hence for the time being the patient is being kept in isolation at Belleville General Hospital.

According to Zoutman, this has been a test of hospital infection control precautions and “shows that the system is working.” He explained that “our staff and physicians have handled this case exactly as they have been trained to do,” adding that “it was about four minutes from the time the patient arrived at our hospital until he was placed in the proper isolation room. From an infection control perspective, the risk to anyone else was virtually non-existent.”

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  1. They were over there and now they are here !! Looks like Canada DOES NOT have a screening protocol !!!! ANOTHER HARPER FAIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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