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Ebola Virus Disease

 

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare and severe viral disease. The virus can infect both humans and non-human primates (such as monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees). When infected, people can get very sick, with fever, intense weakness, headache, sore throat and pains, and in severe cases, may bleed from different parts of the body (i.e. hemorrhage).

The Ebola virus does not spread easily from person to person. It is spread through direct contact with infected bodily fluids, not through casual contact. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. While the current outbreak of Ebola is in parts of West Africa, and there have been cases reported in the U.S. and elsewhere, the risk to Ontarians remains relatively low.

Resources

Fax Facts - Ebola Updates for Local Health Care Professionals - HKPR District Health Unit

Ebola Fact Sheet - Public Health Ontario

Ontario Enhances Measures to Prepare for Ebola Virus Disease - Government of Ontario (October 17/14)

Ebola Virus Disease - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ebola Virus Disease - Public Health Ontario

Advice for Travelers Returning from Countries/Areas Affected by Ebola - Public Health Ontario

Ebola Virus Disease - Government of Canada

Travel Health Notices: Ebola - Government of Canada