As ebola-terror grips the minds of Americans from a paranoia building media, it seems the fear has just passed the border.
Canadian media surrounded Dr. Richard Schabas, medical officer of health for Hastings and Prince Edward County, and Dr. Dick Zoutman, chief of staff at Quinte Health Care, in the nation’s capital as they announced the north’s home and native land now has 2 patients — one in Ottawa and one in Winnipeg — who are being isolated for Ebola symptoms.
Although they seemed to be trying to keep the panic to a minimum, both medical professionals were adamant that these would be the first of many patients who will go into quarantine over the next while; although Dr. Schabas was very stern in his opinion that neither of these cases are likely to have the disease.
Tests were taken of each patient and are expected to yield results from the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg tomorrow, at which point it will be decided what steps to take going further.
So far the information is pretty thin, so it’s unknown what’s really going on. Surprised? Neither of the patients have been named or identified in any way, which the doctors state is because of patient confidentiality laws, but they did reveal neither were health workers, though both had just returned from West Africa — separately.
How’s That For Timing?
Also announced today was Canada’s plan to begin testing VSV-EBOV — a Canadian made ebola vaccine owned by NewLink Genetics out of Ames, Iowa, which has been tested on infected animals — will now be tested on human beings.
“Health Minister Rona Ambrose said that 20 vials of the vaccine will be tested on 40 healthy volunteers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland.
The trial, known as a Phase 1 trial, is designed to determine if VSV-EBOV is safe for human use. It is also designed to determine the right dosage for humans and to look out for any side effects.” —CBC.ca.
The results for these tests, according to Dr. Gregory Taylor, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, could be ready as early as December. If there are no side-effects showing during that amount of time — only 2 months opposed to the usual years of testing usually required — then the next step for the vaccine will be to get tested on groups of West Africans who have had direct contact with ebola patients.
With this information — and before the terror-spreading mainstream media blows this story every which way out of proportion to attract viewers — it’s important to realize these two cases were visitors to West Africa before they returned home to Canada and so they contacted the hospitals as precautionary measures more than anything; neither is displaying heavy symptoms; and they are not confirmed to have the slightest trace of the disease.
As Cut2TheTruth.com will be keeping a close eye on this story, we’ll be sure to keep you updated with the facts as they develop and come to light.
By Olan Thomas of www.CUT2THETRUTH.com