A man is in isolation at a hospital in Canada with symptoms of a hemorrhagic fever resembling the Ebola virus. The man had recently returned from Liberia, which is currently suffering a deadly outbreak of an unidentified hemorrhagic fever suspected to be Ebola.
The man is in critical condition in Saskatoon, the largest city in Saskatchewan province, according to reporting from BBC News.
The outbreak of hemorrhagic fever seems to have initiated in Liberia’s neighboring country, Guinea, with current estimates at 59 dead and dozens more with suspected cases.
According to health officials, the man only fell ill after returning to Canada, which is in line with the 21 day incubation period of several deadly hemorrhagic fever viruses such as Lassa fever and Ebola.
Officials stated that there is no apparent risk to the general public and those more likely to be at risk are healthcare workers who do not protect themselves properly from contact with the patient’s bodily secretions.
A laboratory in Winnipeg is currently running tests to confirm the patient’s diagnosis.