|Dr. Jan Goossens|
Chief of Staff
Please remember that in Ontario, and all of Canada, the risk remains very low, and the public should not be worried or alarmed. There has not been a confirmed case of EVD in Canada. In fact, the risk of infection with Influenza is much greater and more likely. Influenza symptoms often mimic the early signs of Ebola and we strongly encourage everyone to get their flu shot to protect themselves. Influenza kills more people every year than Ebola has throughout history.
- While the outbreak in West Africa is both devastating for those affected and a concern for international safety, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is reiterating that the overall risk to Ontarians from this outbreak remains low.
- While EVD carries with it a high fatality rate, the virus itself does not spread easily from person to person. It is spread through direct contact with infected bodily fluids, not through casual contact.
- If you have recently travelled to one of the affected areas, including Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and/or Bamako, Mali, you are reminded to be alert for possible symptoms of EVD.
- Travel history to affected area
- Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Abdominal (stomach) pain
- Unexplained bleeding
- Sore throat
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