10/29/2014 10:25 EDT | Updated 12/29/2014 05:59 EST

Flu case, language issues, spark brief quarantine at Regina hospital

REGINA - A language barrier prompted a brief quarantine at a Regina hospital when a patient arrived with flu-like symptoms that officials say were comparable to the Ebola virus.

The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region says the patient came into the Pasqua Hospital emergency room early Tuesday evening.

The health region says language problems made it difficult to communicate with the person about their travel history.

The emergency room was not closed but other patients were directed to a different entrance and a section of the hospital was placed under quarantine.

Corrine Hubick, a health region spokeswoman, says staff were able to confirm that the patient had the flu, not Ebola, and the hospital returned to normal operations after about three hours.

The health region practised its Ebola protocol last week, and Hubick says officials consider last night's response a success. (CJME)

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the patient was too sick to give travel history