Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Nurse Released from Hospital after Testing Negative for Ebola

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Nurse Released from Hospital after Testing Negative for Ebola

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B.C. nurse leaves hospital after negative Ebola test

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VANCOUVER - A B.C. nurse practitioner who was being tested for Ebola will be reunited with her family on Friday after health care workers confirmed she does not have the virus.

Patrice Gordon of Rossland, B.C., travelled to Sierra Leone in November to provide medical care to people suffering from Ebola and returned to Canada on Christmas Day. She checked into hospital in Kelowna, B.C. on Monday after she felt cold symptoms.

She tested negative for Ebola on Tuesday, but remained in hospital for further testing until her release on Thursday. Gordon told reporters in a conference call that she never truly feared she had the disease.

"I knew there was a very, very outside chance, but it never felt that way to me. I didn't feel sick like I had seen people sick there. I knew how absolutely meticulous I had always been, we had always been," she said.

Gordon has a cold and coughed throughout the call with reporters. She said the entire experience has been exhausting and stressful, knowing that her family has been worried and the public is worried about there being a "patient zero" in Canada.

She admitted thinking at one point: "Oh my god, I really don't want to be patient zero."

Gordon has returned to a Kelowna hotel, where she has been staying since Christmas during the three week monitoring period that is standard for Red Cross workers returning from West Africa. She said her sons will some from Rossland to visit her on Friday.

She praised Kelowna General Hospital staff. Gordon was brought in through a back door, never went near any patient care areas and mostly spoke with doctors and nurses through glass, she said.

When Gordon first arrived at hospital, she felt intimidated by the amount of attention she received.

"It was frightening because all of a sudden I was under the microscope and there were so many people looking. I just felt like I was still just me but I had a cold," she said.

As someone with experience treating Ebola patients, Gordon found herself giving tips to the health care workers who handled her case. …

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