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.
The man has been placed in solitary confinement pending the expected results on Tuesday of tests on his condition. His family are in quarantine in Saskatchewan province, the local health ministry said in a statement.
“A diagnosis has not yet been confirmed. Measures have been taken to isolate the patient to ensure the illness is not transmitted,” the ministry said.
Public health officials earlier sought to contain people’s concerns, saying the risk to the public was low and noting that an investigation into the case’s circumstances was under way.
The casualty had been in Liberia but developed the symptoms after landing in Canada and would not have been contagious when in transit.
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Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.