Relax. This list isn’t to meant frighten you into thinking Ebola has spread into a worldwide pandemic (yet). If anything, you might find comfort in learning most suspected cases of the deadly virus outside West Africa have been false alarms. It helps to know that many airlines, administrations and authorities have responsible protocols for handling suspicious symptoms. A “better safe than sorry approach” of tests and quarantines is a necessary inconvenience to prevent this scourge from advancing around the globe. Still, with all the international travel that occurs each day, we can expect possible Ebola incidents to increase beyond Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Here are 8 recent Ebola scares that have occurred outside Africa. Don’t be surprised to find your country on the list.
1. Ebola Scares in Canada
Canada is experienced in containing epidemics, having been the center of the SARS outbreak back in 2003. Taking no chances, the country’s hospitals have been quick to respond to any patient potentially exposed to the virus. Individuals in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan who presented with fevers and flu-like symptoms after visiting West Africa have been isolated, tested and, thankfully, cleared of any Ebola suspicions.