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Edmonton patient in isolation poses no threat to the public, Report
Edmonton patient in isolation poses no threat to the public, Report

Edmonton patient in isolation poses no threat to the public, Report

Alberta Health Services says there is no risk to the public as they care for a patient with a potential contagious illness at an Edmonton hospital.

Officials would not say what the illness was but have put the patient in isolation as a precaution and to reduce any potential risk to other patients, staff and the public.

The hospital, which AHS will not name at this point, continues to treat the patient while health officials await the results of various tests to determine a diagnosis.

“Once we’ve got those test results we’ll be able to say a little bit more. At the moment we’re just still waiting,” AHS spokesperson Kerry Williamson said Sunday. “We’re just kind of in limbo, unfortunately.”

AHS is not releasing any details on the identity of the patient.

The Royal Alexandra Hospital closed down its emergency room on Sept. 22 under suspicion that a patient may have had Ebola.

On Sunday, health officials in Texas confirmed that a health care worker has contracted Ebola after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of the disease in the United States.

An outbreak of the Ebola haemorrhagic fever virus has killed more than 3,400 people since March, primarily in West Africa.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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