[caption id="attachment_55379" align="aligncenter" width="576"] English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. CDC - Nat. Center for Infectious Diseases; Special Pathogens Branch[/caption]
Ebola Virus May Have Hit Canada
A Canadian who had spent time travelling to Africa is now in the hospital with symptoms that align with those of the deadly ebola virus which has already claimed the lives of several natives of Guinea.
The hospital in the providence of Saskatchewan in the western part of Canada has released statements to the press that individual who wasn't named had recently returned to Canada from a visit to the country of Liberia.
Symptoms of the highly contagious disease are often initially those to influenza. They include nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, severe headaches, seizures, fatigue and eventually coma. Death is most often caused when a victims organs fail to function.
The patient has been isolated and is currently under quarantine. The doctors at the hospital believe that the patient would not have been contagious during the time of their air travel back to Canada and the passengers and medical workers are hopefully not at risk of catching the virus.
To date nearly 60 individuals have died in Guinea fro the virus but there are now several potential new patients in Liberia. Under most circumstances the risk of transmitting the disease isn't high. The ebola virus is normally transmitted to humans from animals and than to other humans by sexual contact, contact with blood, contact with feces, or contact with sweat. At least some victims are believed to have caught the virus by handling the corpse of a ebola virus victim. Most of the victims in Guinea live in the dense forest areas of the remote African country.
Has the highly-contagious Ebola virus hit Canada?