Ministry of Health Ministère de la Santé
and Long-Term Care et des Soins de longue durée
Chief Medical Officer of Health Médecin hygiéniste en chef
Public Health Division Division de la santé publique
21st Floor, 393 University Avenue 393 avenue University, 21e étage
Toronto ON M7A 2S1 Toronto ON M7A 2S1
Telephone: (416) 212-3831 Téléphone: (416) 212-3831
Facsimile: (416) 325-8412 Télécopieur: (416) 325-8412
November 24, 2014
TO: Health sector employers and health care workers
RE: Changes to the geographic areas affected by Ebola virus disease
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care maintains a list of Ebola virus disease (EVD)-affected geographic areas in West Africa on its EVD Website at www.ontario.ca/ebola. The following changes were made to this list on Monday, November 24, 2014:
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was removed. The World Health Organization declared that the DRC was free of EVD on Friday, November 21, 2014 as there have been no cases of EVD registered in the country over the past 42 days, which is twice as long as the EVD incubation period.
Bamako, Mali was added. Given that there has been localized EVD transmission in this city, health care workers should ensure that they are appropriately screening, assessing, and if needed, testing returning travellers from this area for EVD.
Health sector employers and health care workers should update relevant procedures and protocols (e.g., passive signage, screening tools used by triage nurses, assessment algorithms) to reflect these changes.
Health sector employers and health care workers can continue to contact the ministry’s Health Care Provider Hotline by email at email@example.com or phone at 1-866-212-2272 with any questions or concerns about EVD.
Original signed by
Dr. David Mowat, MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health