With the news that the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in American soil, our neighbor south, many are concerned about the spread of the Ebola virus in Canada.
Thousands of people in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria have already been infected and so far about 3,000 have died. No doubt it will be long lasting affects the whole continent. (More information about the virus and its effects on the CBC account of orphaned children affected by Ebola.)
For more information about the disease we look at the World Health Organization, who are working to control the disease and its spread.
The facts about the Ebola virus:
According to the Director of Public Health Canada, there is no reason to worry here right now.
“The Public Health Agency of Canada is aware of the individual with Ebola in the United States. The information we have so far is that the individual did not travel across Canada and was not symptomatic, and so so it is not contagious, during his trip to the United States “
.” Canada is well prepared with a number of systems to identify and prevent the spread of serious infectious diseases such as Ebola, and work closely with our international partners to gather and evaluate information and administration of the Act quarantine at all points of entry into Canada. “