Public Health Matters: The Facts about Ebola

Transcript - Public Health Matters: The Facts about Ebola

Opening Graphic: "Public Health Matters" "The Facts About Ebola".

Dr. Gregory Taylor, the Chief Public Health Officer, from the Public Health Agency of Canada in a reading room.

There’s a lot of concern around the world about the Ebola virus. We want Canadians to know facts about Ebola.

A world map appears on screen.  The map enlarges to focus on the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.

While there’s never been a case of Ebola in Canada, the number of cases continues to rise in West Africa.

Dr. Taylor, on screen.

So what is Ebola? It’s a rare and severe disease of humans and non-human primates (for example, monkeys and chimpanzees) caused by the Ebola viruses. It starts with fever, sore throat, headaches, muscle pain. Followed by diarrhea, vomiting, rash, impaired kidney and liver function and in some cases both internal and external bleeding.

It’s spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of someone infected and who has symptoms of Ebola or through medical equipment such as a needle, contaminated with the virus.

Images of technicians packing experimental vaccine in coolers filed with ice.

There’s no proven vaccine or treatment for the virus, however there is promise through a Canadian made Ebola vaccine that is currently in human clinical trials.

Dr. Taylor, on screen.

I encourage Canadians to go online to regularly to find out more information.

A message from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Government of Canada.

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