Low risk of Ebola in Canada: Health officer

Dr. Kent Brantly wears protective gear at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital...

Dr. Kent Brantly wears protective gear at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia in this undated handout photograph courtesy of Samaritan's Purse. Brantly, one of two Americans who tested positive for the virus, has been described as stable but suffering from some symptoms of the contagious disease, for which there is no known cure. (REUTERS/Samaritan's Purse/Handout via Reuters)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:52 PM ET

The country's deputy chief public health officer says the risk of an Ebola outbreak in Canada remains low, despite reports that the deadliest outbreak of the disease is currently playing out in Africa.

Dr. Gregory Taylor issued a statement Wednesday explaining the nature of the virus and Canada's protections against its spread.

"The Ebola virus itself does not spread easily from person to person," he said. "It's not like the flu; it's spread through direct contact with infected bodily fluids, not through casual contact."

Border controls are in place, Taylor said, specifically protocol for identifying infected passengers attempting to enter Canada as well as for quarantining those individuals.


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