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Winnipeg lab employee possibly exposed to ebola from pigs, Report
Winnipeg lab employee possibly exposed to ebola from pigs

Winnipeg lab employee possibly exposed to ebola from pigs, Report

A tear in a protective suit may have exposed a Winnipeg lab worker to the Ebola virus on Monday.

An employee at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease in Manitoba, working with an infected pig in a level 4 lab, noticed the rip.

Despite the fact that specialists at the Centre believe the risk of infection to be low, the employee has voluntarily put himself into a 21-day isolation.

He showed no symptoms for the virus and is not considered to be infectious, but he has been offered the experimental Canadian-made vaccine.

“Our employees are well aware of the risks and how to control them,” Dr. John Copps, director of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, told reporters.

According to Professor Jeremy Luban of the University of Massachusetts, the Ebola virus has undergone a recent mutation that has caused it to become significantly more infectious than previously, as proven by a massive Ebola outbreak this year that killed over 11,000 people.

Several countries, including Russia and Canada, have developed a vaccine against the disease. Any country wishing to use either vaccine will need to perform lengthy tests before receiving clinical approval. Until then, the best defense against Ebola is to avoid direct contact with those infected, wear full-body protection, and wash hands very, very often, specialists say.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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