WINDSOR (WWJ) – Officials at a hospital in Windsor have confirmed that they do not believe a person who is being treated has the Ebola virus.
Earlier on Monday, officials with Windsor Regional Hospital said the individual may have been showing Ebola symptoms, and put the patient in isolation. The hospital is still awaiting more test results.
Talking to WWJ Newsradio 950, a spokesman for Windsor Regional Hospital confirmed that they received an individual in their emergency room on Monday with “Ebola-type symptoms.”
Hospital staff in contact with the patient are equipped with latex suits and face masks, said the hospital’s Vice President of Public Affairs Ron Foster.
“We are investigating at this time,” Foster said. “We have taken all precautions…around the individual that is being isolated.”
Foster stressed that the testing is in its very early stages and no determination has been made if the symptoms are Ebola or another type of illness.
With the number of Ebola cases rising rapidly in West Africa, there are growing concerns that the disease could reach the United States. Experts say the biggest risk is someone carrying the disease into a U.S. airport.
Separated by the Detroit River, Windsor, Ontario, is located about 1 mile south of Detroit.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has information on the symptoms of Ebola as well as transmission and prevention of the disease at this link.