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Friday, May 09, 2008

Canada: Train Quaranteed After Passenger Dies - UPDATE: 290 People Quarantined

... and others are sickened:


Canadian authorities quarantined a Via Rail passenger train after one person died and several were seriously ill on Friday, local media said.

Police and ambulances rushed to the scene in the hamlet of Foleyet in northern Ontario to tend to those with flu-like symptoms and find out what was causing the illness, said public broadcaster CBC.

"They've got the train quarantined," town official Deborah DesRochers told CBC. "They're trying to isolate what it is."

According to reports, as many as 10 people were ill with flu-like symptoms when the train crossing Canada with 260 passengers and 30 crew made its regular morning stop in Foleyet.
The illnesses appeared to be contained in two rail cars.

Via Rail and health officials were not immediately available to comment.

UPDATE:

TORONTO (Reuters) - One person died and several others were taken to hospital after a mystery illness hit passengers on a Canadian long-distance train, local media said on Friday.

Canadian Press said the train had some 290 people on board and was on a cross-Canada route between Vancouver and Toronto. One person died, and several were ill with flu-like symptoms.

The train was in quarantine in the small northern Ontario community of Foleyet, and nobody except emergency personnel were being allowed aboard.

"The whole place is being overrun with ambulances and police cars, and we've got helicopters," town chairwoman Deborah DesRochers told Canadian Press.

Folyet is a town of some 350 people southwest of the mining town of Timmins. The town's website says it's famous for a herd of rare white moose that lives nearby.
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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the article: "Folyet is a town of some 350 people"

and

"The whole place is being overrun with ambulances and police cars, and we've got helicopters," town chairwoman Deborah DesRochers told Canadian Press."

How many ambulances/police cars would a mining town of 350 people normally have to care for 290 quarantined people with an unkown illness? Helicopters from where? How many physicians/health care specialists could such an isolated location provide for such an emergency?

Scarey stuff . . .pray this is only the flu.

Friday, May 09, 2008 8:19:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Christina,
That's the stupidest idea I've ever heard. I'm erasing your message. Don't come back.

Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:59:00 am  

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