Has Ebola Escaped Africa? Patient Isolated In Canada

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
By Paul Martin

Liz Bennett
Mar 25, 2014

A man who has recently returned Africa has been isolated in a Canadian hospital with haemorrhagic fever. He is in a critical condition in Saskatoon.

61 people have died so far in an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, there have also been cases reported in Liberia, the area the man is thought o have travelled to. His condition is said to resemble the diseases Lassa fever and Ebola, both of which have an incubation period of up to 21 days, though it more commonly falls between 4-16 days.

Ebola has no treatment and is fatal in up to 90% of cases. Lassa can be treated with Ribavirin.

There are five known strains of Ebola:

* Ebola Zaire: 80-90 % fatal.

* Ebola Sudan: 50% fatal

* Ebola Bundibugyo: 25% fatal

* Ebola Cote d’Ivoire: only 2 cases recorded, both survived

* Ebola Reston: no known human cases so far

Ebola Reston primarily affects primates and pigs. Five Filipinos have been found with antibodies to Reston in their system – they all work with pigs.

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