Edmonton patient no longer in isolation, Alberta Health Services says

An Edmonton hospital patient who was believed to be carrying a potential contagious illness is no longer being isolated.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) issued a statement Monday saying that Infection Prevention and Control protocols that were put in place within EMS and at the Royal Alexandra and University of Alberta hospitals are no longer required.

The patient’s diagnosis has been confirmed, but officials are not saying what the illness is.

“Enacting these protocols was not something done lightly, and we are confident the protocols worked well to minimize any risk to staff and physicians,” reads the statement from AHS. “There was no risk to the public whatsoever.

AHS spokesperson Kerry Williamson confirmed the patient is still alive, but would not provide further details in the interest of patient confidentiality.

Ebola fears were sparked Saturday when AHS confirmed a patient had been admitted to an Edmonton hospital with an unknown, potentially contagious illness.

Isolation protocols were enacted immediately as a precautionary measure.​

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