B.C.’s top doctor says little risk of Ebola reaching us

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

“It’s obviously a tragedy for those countries and it really talks about the importance of having a basic health care infrastructure in place.”

That’s the province’s Chief Medical Health Officer talking about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that’s killed hundreds.

However, Dr. Perry Kendall says there’s not much chance of it reaching our shores.

Kendall says Ebola isn’t like the flu, which is spread through the respiratory system.

“You have to come in contact with bodily secretions that could be blood, semen, saliva, sweat, vomitous material and people aren’t infectious until they are symptomatic.”

He adds: “We have good hygienic practices in healthcare settings and in our hospitals, so we would not expect to see the kind of risks they are seeing in relatively primitive hospitals.”


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  1. I don’t see any mention of restrict travel to or from the affected countries.
    Nor any mention of airport screening. So the good doctors assertion falls a bit flat as presented in this story.
    So- rather than wait for someone to arrive in the province, the healthcare brass should be talking about setting up something to monitor and quarantine travelers.
    We may not end up with hundreds dying from Ebola but we should be proactive about keeping such diseases offshore.

    As for the hygiene in our hospitals- I would say there would be relatively few of us who didn’t know someone who got sick and or died from an illness they picked up while in care.

  2. “Dr. Perry Kendall says there’s not much chance of it reaching our shores.” Dr. Perry should step down and let someone qualified take his place. We want a proactive medical community.