Ontario on alert for travellers in Ebola crisis

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Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

TORONTO - Ontario health-care workers are being advised to pay attention to patient travel histories as the Ebola virus death toll continues to rise.

A memo from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health dated Aug. 1 says the health ministry continues to monitor the Ebola virus situation overseas and has taken measures to ensure Ontario is prepared should a returning traveller be suspected of having the disease.

“International travel has always been associated with potential risks,” Interim Chief Medical Office of Health Graham Pollett said. “These situations highlight the importance of routinely asking about travel and travel activities to obtain valuable information regarding potential exposures to infectious diseases.”

An update by the Public Health Agency of Canada advised Canadians to avoid all nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the memo notes.

Pollett’s memo, aimed at medical officers of health and health sector workers, says the risk of transmission to medical staff from patients is considered “very low to low” with appropriate personal protective equipment.


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