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Ebola virus information

The Ebola Virus is a viral illness transmitted through direct contact with blood and body fluids/excretions of infected people. Where the virus is present, people who have close contact with infected humans are most at risk. These people include laboratory or quarantine facility workers, hospital staff, family members caring for patients. No cases of Ebola virus have been reported in Canada.

The symptoms are similar to most other viral infections such as: fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat associated with recent travel to and from endemic areas. Symptoms can begin within two to 21 days of exposure. Exercising good hygiene and close observation is essential in detecting this virus.

The Public Health Agency of Canada issues Travel Health Notices. In August 2014 it issued notices advising travellers to practise special precautions when visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Consult the Public Health Agency of Canada website for updates. The Public Agency of Canada notes that as long as precautions are taken, there is low risk of contracting Ebola in a country where the disease is present.