Reportable illness

So a man isolated with a high fever after traveling to Liberia is in Royal University Hospital. The region and Ministry of Health release information that it looks to be a hemorrhagic fever – naturally everyone (myself included, at least in my mind) makes the assumption of Ebola.

But we don’t really know what’s going on until testing is completed. Turns out it’s none of the publicly reportable diseases – Lassa, Marburg, Ebola etc. So with the words from the Public Health Agency of Canada, we are to not think about this man anymore.

That’s fine by me. I’ve been sick and I don’t want people to know about it, but I wonder why the media conference happened before it was confirmed that he had a publicly reportable disease. If he’s sick with something the rest of us can’t easily catch, why were we told?

Anyway, I hope he recovers and is on his next adventure soon.

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