“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.”