|EMSB ALLEVIATES CONCERNS OVER EBOLA VIRUS|
MONTREAL, OCTOBER 21, 2014 – Parents at the English Montreal School Board were recently sent a letter last week from the Health Minister regarding Quebec’s preparedness to deal with any cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD).
The intention of the letter was to alleviate any concerns in any communities with people from EVD-affected countries as well as reaffirm that there is no risk whatsoever to interact with members of these communities, whether in any academic or social settings.
Since the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of EVD in West Africa a public health emergency of international concern, the Government of Canada has instituted various measures to reduce any risk for travelers to Canada from Ebola affected countries.
To date, no restriction is imposed on people from countries where Ebola virus disease is present or who have been in direct contact with someone from those countries, if he or she has no symptoms that could be associated with EVD. However, persons with symptoms, such as fever accompanied by headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea or fatigue within 21 days of their stay in a country affected by EVD should contact Info-Santé by dialing 811 to obtain information about health professionals.
Information and recommendations for travellers to a country affected by EVD are available on the Public Health Agency of Canada website at the following address: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/id-mi/vhf-fvh/ebola-fra.php
Michael J. Cohen