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Doctors Believe That Woman in Canadian Hospital Does Not Have Ebola

Aired February 7, 2001 - 4:22 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

STEPHEN FRAZIER, CNN ANCHOR: Now to this other story with huge implications for so many people. Preliminary test results have determined that a woman in a Canadian hospital is not -- and we repeat not -- suffering from the Ebola virus. The woman has been at the center of an Ebola scare since she arrived in Canada Saturday after a flight from the Democratic Republic of Congo via a stop at Newark Airport in the New York area.

CNN's Jeff Flock joins us now from Hamilton, Ontario with the latest on these tests.

Jeff, good afternoon..

JEFF FLOCK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Indeed. Hello to you, Stephen.

There's something short of an all-clear here in Hamilton, Ontario, but certainly good news. While all hell was breaking loose in Washington, here in Ontario reporters were being met with doctors here at Henderson Hospital, and they were indicating that while they still don't know what that 32-year-old woman from the Congo has, they are pretty certain, based on tests that have been done now at the national lab in Winnipeg, that it is not Ebola. That press conference concluding just about an hour ago with doctors giving their latest findings.

Let's listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

DR. MARK LOEB, HENDERSON HOSPITAL: We've had some results from the laboratory in Winnipeg showing that the Ebola testing is negative. So the Ebola testing to date is negative. Those are preliminary results. Viral isolation is still -- is still ongoing.

But the real implication is that this greatly reduces the likelihood that this patient has been infected with the Ebola virus.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

FLOCK: Now, Ebola effectively ruled out, although they haven't gotten tests back from the CDC in Atlanta yet, but they really believe that it's not Ebola, but other very serious viral infections certainly a possibility: Yellow fever one of them, other so-called "viral hemorrhagic" viruses, illnesses that are still possible out there.

Now, what they're dealing here and Canada is some -- some mild form of hysteria, both hospital workers as well as people in the community concerned about it. They've -- we've obtained a copy of a memo they've been sending around inside the hospital to hospital workers, who are very concerned about it.

They have isolated 16 people within the hospital that had direct contact with this patient, and they tell us five who had direct contact with the three major modes of transportation of this, whatever it is, disease. That would be in graphic terms now blood, urine and vomit. So they're watching these people very closely.

But beyond that, good news so far in Ontario.

I'm Jeff Flock, CNN, reporting live from Hamilton. Back to you, Steve.

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