With the news that the first Ebola case has now been diagnosed on American soil, our southern neighbour, many are concerned about the spread of the Ebola virus to Canada.
Thousands of people in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria have already been infected and so far around 3,000 have died. There’s no doubt there will be long-lasting affects to the whole continent. (Learn more about the virus and its effects in this CBC account of orphaned children affected by Ebola.)
To find out more about the disease we looked to the World Health Organization, who are working to control the disease and its spread.
The facts on the Ebola virus:
According to the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, there’s no reason to be concerned here at the moment.
“The Public Health Agency of Canada is aware of the individual with Ebola in the United States. The information we have to date is that the individual did not travel through Canada and was not symptomatic, and therefore not contagious, during their travel to the United States.”
“Canada is well prepared with a number of systems in place to identify and prevent the spread of serious infectious diseases like Ebola, such as working closely with our international partners to gather and assess information and administering the Quarantine Act at all points of entry into Canada.”