Ebola outbreak West Africa

by Wayne Ghesquiere on October 7, 2014

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Widespread transmission of the Ebola virus continues in Western Africa in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Ebola virus is an acute viral infection causing hemorrhagic fever in humans.  Symptoms are severe and are often fatal.  The main transmission of Ebola is from direct human to human contact with infected blood, bodily fluids or tissues of an infected person; it is not easily spread like the flu.  People are only contagious when they begin to show symptoms.

The risk for travelers returning to Canada is considered very low.

Canadian hospitals are well prepared with infections control systems and procedures to identify and prevent spread of serious infectious diseases like Ebola.

 

 Please note for travel abroad it is important to seek travel health advice a minimum of 4-6 weeks before departure.  Contact the Nova Travel Medicine & Immunization Clinic to book an appointment.      

   

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