6 Canadian airports implement Ebola screening


Canada is boosting its efforts to keep the deadly Ebola virus out of the country, and is now conducting screenings at six major airports.

Quarantine officers are now on site at the Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa and Calgary airports, reports CTV News.

Minister of Health Rona Ambrose reminded Canadians and travellers to Canada they “should be aware of, and understand their obligations under the Quarantine Act.”

Health Canada notes:

“Under the [Quarantine] Act, travellers to Canada must notify a Canada Border Services Agency Officer if they think they might be sick with a contagious illness or been in close contact with someone else who does.”

While there are no direct flights from Ebola-affected African countries, passengers arriving in Canada originating from those destinations are “identified and asked about their health” as part of the 24/7 screening process.

Should any traveller reveal they are at-risk, they will be referred to a Quarantine officer, who is trained and equipped to determine what, if any, additional measures are required.

“There has never been a case of Ebola in Canada, and the risk to Canadians remains very low,” Health Canada points out.


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