Notification of Health Information from the University (Updated- Ebola)

PDAD&C # 42, 2014-15

To:  PDAD&C
From:     Jill Matus, Vice-Provost, Students & First-Entry Divisions
Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity 
Date:  November 21, 2014 
Re:  Notification of Health Information from the University (Updated- Ebola)

Given that many faculty, staff and students travel over the Winter break and further to the notification memo issued on August 28, 2014 we wish to provide updated health related information from the Government of Canada on Ebola.

The Government has most recently posted the information below on its website: http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/diseases/ebola-virus-disease?_ga=1.41026401.2121160978.1416239313

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa a public health emergency that requires a coordinated international response to control and to prevent from spreading further. Cases of Ebola virus disease and the resulting deaths continue to be reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. More are likely to occur. A small number of cases have been reported in Nigeria and a travel-related case in each of Senegal and the United States. The World Health Organization has recently declared the outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal over. The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed that there are cases of Ebola in the country. These cases are not related to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Many international airports, ports and other points of entry around the world have implemented Ebola screening measures, which usually consist of a health declaration and/or a temperature check. Individuals arriving from countries that have been affected by the Ebola outbreak are being denied entry into many countries. Before you travel, contact the nearest embassy, consulate or high commission of the country you plan to visit.

Some airlines have reduced the number of flights in and out of West Africa, and this precaution could be extended to a wider area of Africa. Call your airline company for the latest information.

Entering Canada

Public health measures at Canada’s borders have been strengthened to protect Canadians and prevent the spread of Ebola to Canada. All travellers coming into Canada with a travel history from the outbreak regions will receive a health assessment from a Quarantine Officer and will be required to report to a local public health authority and self-monitor for up to 21 days. Quarantine Officers will provide travellers with an information kit and additional measures to follow depending on their level of exposure to Ebola.