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Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

The outbreak in West Africa continues. There are currently no cases in Canada.

Public Health continues to stress that our health care system is prepared in the event of a suspect or confirmed case of Ebola. Canada has a supported health care system that provides for surveillance of infectious diseases, enhanced infection control practices, trained staff and appropriate treatment facilities.

Niagara Region Public Health and the hospitals have protocols in place that address screening and treatment of patients who suffer from febrile respiratory illness (fever, cough) symptoms, as well as infection control practices to prevent the spreading of the illness to others.

Facts about Ebola

You cannot get Ebola through:

  • Air
  • Water
  • Food

You can only get Ebola from touching bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, or from exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles (adapted from Centres for Disease Control and Prevention)

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