Precautions taken with patient at Toronto-area hospital with Ebola-like symptoms

The Canadian Press

BRAMPTON, Ont. - A public health official says a patient at a hospital near Toronto has been isolated as a precautionary measure after showing flu-like symptoms similar to those characteristic of the Ebola virus.

Dr. Eileen de Villa with Peel Public Health says the steps are being taken because the patient at Brampton Civic Hospital recently travelled to Nigeria, which has been hit with an outbreak of the disease.

She says the patient is showing a fever and other flu-like symptoms but cautioned there has been no diagnosis yet.

She says the hospital has put heightened infection-control measures in place in addition to isolating the patient.

The World Health Organization says the latest Ebola outbreak in Africa is the largest and longest ever recorded for the disease and has killed at least 961 people.

Nigeria on Friday declared a state of emergency because of Ebola.

© The Canadian Press, 2014