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Ebola patient in B.C. tests negative for the virus

KELOWNA (NEWS1130) – A woman has been quarantined at Kelowna General Hospital, but early tests show she doesn’t have Ebola.

The nurse developed a flu-like illness several days after returning from doing aid work in Sierra Leone.

Deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the woman immediately reported her symptoms and out of an abundance of caution was put into isolation away from other patients and staff and tested for the Ebola virus. “Additional testing will need to take place over the next day or two to confirm results of this early testing and the patient will be remain in hospital in isolation during that time.”

The hospital’s Chief of Staff Dr. Mike Ertel says she has been well taken care of. “The patients believes that [she has] a cold, that [she is] very happy with the care and the patient feels safe and well supported.”

A statement from the nurse says she hopes cases like hers do not distract the public from the serious health crisis in West Africa.