Sunday, August 10, 2014

#EbolaOutbreak - Nigerians In Canada And Hong Kong Quarantined After Showing Symptoms

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Nigerians travelling into or out of Nigeria have to be aware of possible checks and tests at the airports at the countries of their destination. If possible, please do not travel at this time.

A patient with flu-like symptoms who recently visited Nigeria was put into isolation at an Ontario hospital but later tested negative for the deadly Ebola virus.

The man had complained of fever, headache, muscle pain and malaise and was held in isolation at Brampton Civic Hospital which instituted heightened infection-control procedures after the patient was admitted.

Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Eric Hoskins confirmed that the man, who recently travelled to Canada from Nigeria, is now "doing well" and anticipated to have a "full and speedy recovery."

Hoskins said in a release, posted to the Ontario ministry's website:

"I can now confirm a recent case that underwent testing at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg was found to test negative for Ebola virus disease."

Another Nigerian man was also quarantined in Hong Kong after he showed Ebola-like symptoms during a trip to the city. The man who arrived Hong Kong from Lagos on Thursday August 7th via Dubai, was isolated in a hospital after severe vomiting and suffering from diarrhoea. He later tested negative for Ebola.

In a statement released today, the Southern Chinese city government said the 32 year old man, whose name was not given, had "tested negative for Ebola virus upon preliminary laboratory testing".

"In the past one month ... he had no contact history with sick persons or animals and did not visit health-are facilities. He is currently in stable condition." 

Two weeks ago, the Hong Kong government said it would quarantine as a precaution all people from Ebola-infected areas who showed any symptom of the disease.

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