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Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a rare and severe viral disease. 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.

There have been no cases of EVD in Canada and the risk to Ontarians remains very low.

Ontario's Ebola Readiness

Although, there have been no cases of EVD in Canada and the risk to Ontarians remains very low, we have steps in place to manage any potential threats.

After a large outbreak in West Africa in 2014, Ontario released a document to rescind the heightened precautions instituted at the time and establish baseline requirements for future infectious disease threats.

We continue to build on the collective readiness efforts with our Public Health Guidance document. This document supports public health units to manage individuals travelling from countries affected by EVD and conducts case and contact management activities in the event that a case of EVD is diagnosed in Ontario.

It outlines various public health unit actions in risk assessment, reporting and partner collaboration as well as follow-up activities to manage exposed, symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, depending on level of risk.

Public Health Management of Ebola Virus Disease in Ontario - Returning Traveller, Case and Contact Management and Risk Assessment Guidance for public health units [PDF]

Ebola Webinar Series

Following more recent occurrences of monitoring and testing returning travellers, the ministry has developed a series of short webinars related to EVD. This series provides highlights from EVD guidance, the Persons Under Investigation (PUI) process, and shared experiences from health system partners.

At the time of these recordings and subsequent posting, there have been no cases of EVD in Canada, and the risk to Ontarians remains very low. This webinar series is intended to serve as a refresher for future EVD events.

EVD Shared Experience

EVD Guidance

If you have questions about any of this content, please contact the Health System Emergency Management Branch at emergencymanagement.moh@ontario.ca.


Information for Health Care Organizations

General

Additional Training Resources

Additional resources developed by the ministry and partners.

Further Information about Ebola Virus Disease

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