Canadian traveller tests negative for Ebola (Update)

March 25, 2014

A traveller who returned to Canada from Liberia with symptoms that initially triggered fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus was pronounced clear of the disease Tuesday.

"I can confirm to you that the test was negative," Michael Bolkenius, spokesman for Canadian Health Minister Rona Ambrose, told AFP.

The World Health Organization, meanwhile, said tests on the man for the Marburg virus, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever and Rift Valley fever had also proved negative.

Tests are continuing to try to find the true nature the illness, the Public Health Agency of Canada said.

The man had been placed in quarantine pending the results of tests by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

His family were also placed in quarantine in Saskatchewan province, according to provincial health officials.

The man had been in Liberia but developed the symptoms after landing in Canada.

Aid workers and health officials in Guinea are battling to contain west Africa's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, after neighboring Liberia reported its first suspected victims.

At least 59 people are known to have died in Guinea's southern forests but the Liberian cases, if confirmed, would mark the first spread of the highly contagious pathogen between the countries.

Ebola is one of the world's most virulent diseases.

It is transmitted to humans from wild animals and between humans by direct contact with blood, feces or sweat, or by sexual contact and the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses, and can fell its victims within days.

To date, no treatment or vaccine is available for the pathogen, which kills between 25 and 90 percent of those who fall sick, depending on the strain of the virus, according to the World Health Organization.

Symptoms include severe fever and muscle pain, weakness, vomiting and diarrhoea—in some cases severe enough to shut down organs and cause unstoppable bleeding.

It was identified in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. The central African country has suffered eight outbreaks and there have been more isolated cases elsewhere in Africa.

Explore further: Canada has possible Ebola case: health officials (Update)

Related Stories

Canada has possible Ebola case: health officials (Update)

March 24, 2014
A man returning to Canada from Liberia is seriously ill in hospital after experiencing symptoms consistent with the Ebola virus that has killed dozens in Guinea, health officials have said.

Six suspected Ebola cases in Liberia, five dead

March 24, 2014
Five patients have died in Liberia of suspected Ebola fever, the government said on Monday, as neighbouring Guinea battled an outbreak of the virus which has killed dozens.

Health expert warns funerals spread Ebola in Guinea

March 25, 2014
French NGO Doctors without Borders (MSF) said it was doing everything it could to help stem a deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, but traditions were hampering the response.

10 people die of suspected Ebola in Congo

August 22, 2012
(AP) — The World Health Organization says an outbreak of suspected Ebola in eastern Congo has infected at least 15 people, 10 of whom died.

Two dead in new outbreak of Ebola in Uganda (Update)

November 15, 2012
A fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in central Uganda has killed at least two people, the health minister said Thursday.

New Ebola outbreak in Uganda kills 2

November 14, 2012
(AP)—Ugandan officials say a new outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has killed at least two Ugandans in a district near the capital.

Recommended for you

Researchers report new system to study chronic hepatitis B

July 25, 2017
Scientists from Princeton University's Department of Molecular Biology have successfully tested a cell-culture system that will allow researchers to perform laboratory-based studies of long-term hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections. ...

Research examines lung cell turnover as risk factor and target for treatment of influenza pneumonia

July 24, 2017
Influenza is a recurring global health threat that, according to the World Health Organization, is responsible for as many as 500,000 deaths every year, most due to influenza pneumonia, or viral pneumonia. Infection with ...

Scientists propose novel therapy to lessen risk of obesity-linked disease

July 24, 2017
With obesity related illnesses a global pandemic, researchers propose in the Journal of Clinical Investigation using a blood thinner to target molecular drivers of chronic metabolic inflammation in people eating high-fat ...

Raccoon roundworm—a hidden human parasite?

July 24, 2017
The raccoon that topples your trashcan and pillages your garden may leave more than just a mess. More likely than not, it also contaminates your yard with parasites—most notably, raccoon roundworms (Baylisascaris procyonis).

Google searches can be used to track dengue in underdeveloped countries

July 20, 2017
An analytical tool that combines Google search data with government-provided clinical data can quickly and accurately track dengue fever in less-developed countries, according to new research published in PLOS Computational ...

MRSA emerged years before methicillin was even discovered

July 19, 2017
Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) emerged long before the introduction of the antibiotic methicillin into clinical practice, according to a study published in the open access journal Genome Biology. It was ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.