Put Ebola On Your Radar

Site Manager Albert Guite and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Alan Heimann.

The spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa continues to grow while the chances of a local case remain slim to none.

Dr. Allen Heimann is the Medical officer of health in Windsor-Essex. He says residents shouldn’t worry about the spread of the virus.

“We’ve been dealing with viral hemorrhagic fevers since the mid 70’s and there has not been a case of Ebola which has been detected in Canada,” says Heimann. “So the risk is very very low, it’s something people need to understand but not fear.”

He says the virus has an incubation period from 2 to 21 days and is only contagious once symptoms begin to appear. More than 900 people in West Africa have been killed by the virus so far this year.