Ebola Virus Disease

Current status of the Ebola Virus disease outbreak

The current outbreak of Ebola is in West Africa. There have not been any cases of Ebola in Canada and the risk to Ontarians remains low.

Visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website (external link) to learn more about travel health notices for Canadians and emergency preparedness and response in Ontario.

About the Ebola Virus disease

Ebola virus disease is a severe disease that causes haemorrhagic fever in humans and animals. 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.

Public Health Agency of Canada’s website (external link) provides more details about the disease, including causes, symptoms, risks, treatment and more.

What the Halton Region Health Department is doing about the Ebola Virus disease

Halton Region continues to collaborate with Public Health Ontario (external link), The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (external link), the Public Health Agency of Canada (external link), and other partners on clinical and public health preparedness related to the potential of Ebola entering Canada and/or Ontario. This work includes monitoring and surveillance, support for laboratory testing, and guidelines and resources for infection prevention and control.

The Halton Region Health Department also continues to collaborate with local partners including hospitals, local physicians and other health care providers. Following Public Health Ontario’s guidelines (external link), we are committed to ensuring all health professionals are prepared and will strictly follow infection prevention and control measures.