Health officials say B.C. is on high alert for Ebola

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Health officials in B.C. say we’re well-prepared if an Ebola outbreak in West Africa gets out of control.

“We have very good processes for infection prevention and control all the time.”

Dr. Bonnie Henry, the province’s deputy health officer, says it’s not likely the virus that has killed more than 1,500 people will surface here.

“We know that our border services agencies, the airlines, they’ve all been on high alert around this. We’ve had people come back from these countries who’ve had viral illnesses and protocols have been in place, so that we can safely assess them.”

Even so, authorities in the U.S. say the window of opportunity to control the outbreak is closing quickly, so the world needs to work together to stop the spread.

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