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Medical experts are continuing their investigation into a mystery illness that has killed at least four residents at a Toronto nursing home. Although the deaths sparked fears of an epidemic such as the SARS outbreak that killed 44 people in 2003, health officials say their testing has ruled out several of the most feared infectious diseases.
"We know from the testing that's been done so far that this is not influenza. We know this is not SARS. We know this is not avian influenza," said Allison McGeer, an infectious-disease consultant at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital who worked extensively on the SARS epidemic.
"There are many other viruses it could be," Dr. McGeer said, "and the Ontario Public Health lab is working very hard on identifying which one of those viruses it might be."
The wide variety of flu viruses can make it difficult to arrive at a quick diagnosis, hospital representatives said.
Originally posted by Grailkeeper
Does anyone know the percentage of people ill, if there is a low number of people living at the nursing home then it must spread at an alarming rate
Originally posted by worldwatcher
My aunt works for nursing home in Scarborough and lives near the nursing home in question. She says that 7 dead, 9 health care workers sick.
she's very concerned and says that health workers are worried about showing up for their shifts.