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The recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa is by far the largest of its kind in history, and was designated a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) in August 2014. While the risk to Ontarians is very low, it is essential to understand the disease and the current outbreak in order to ensure optimal preparedness should a case of Ebola virus disease occur in Ontario.
This presentation will:
- review the history and clinical features of Ebola virus disease
- describe the epidemiology and implications of the current outbreak
- summarize Ontario’s recommendations for public health management, infection prevention and control, and laboratory testing.
Presenters: Dr. Jonathan Gubbay, Dr. Gary Garber, Michael Whelan and Dr. Bryna Warshawsky
Dr. Jonathan Gubbay, medical microbiologist, Public Health Ontario Laboratory, PHO
Dr. Gary Garber, medical director, Infection Prevention and Control, PHO
Michael Whelan, epidemiologist lead, Communicable Diseases, PHO
Dr. Bryna Warshawsky, public health physician, Communicable and Infectious Disease, PHO
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