Southwest Ontario Regional Base Hospital Program

Ebola Preparedness & Updates

Last updated on: January 28, 2015

We have created this page to provide updates and resources regarding the Ebola Virus Disease.

About Ebola Virus Disease:

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe disease that causes haemorrhagic fever in humans and animals. Diseases that cause haemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola, are often fatal as they affect the body's vascular system. This can lead to significant internal bleeding and organ failure.

The Ebola virus can spread through:

•  contact with infected animals

•  contact with blood, body fluids or tissues of infected persons

•  contact with medical equipment, such as needles, contaminated with infected body fluids

Exposure can occur in health care settings when staff do not wear appropriate protective equipment, such as masks, gowns and gloves. As long as precautions are taken, there is low risk of contracting EVD in a country where the disease is present.


•  October 17, 2014: SWORBHP Ebola Virus Disease & Medical Directives Memo

•  January 21, 2015: MOHLTC Bamako, Mali removed from list of affected EVD Areas Memo

•  May 12, 2015: Liberia continues to remain on the list of countries affected by Ebola virus disease



  CMOH Ebola Virus Disease Directive #1 for Hospitals (Revised: Jan 14, 2015)

   •  MOHLTC Summary of Changes to the CMOH Directive for Hosptials

•  Ambulance Service Communicable Disease Standards, Nov 2014, Issue #115, Version 1.0

•  Ambulance Service Communicable Disease Standards, Aug 2015, Version 2.0

•  MOHLTC Training Bulletin: Ebola Virus Disease, Issue #114, Version 3.0 (April 2015)

•  MOHLTC CACC/ACS Training Bulletin: Updated Call Taking & Dispatching Protocols for EVD, Issue #18, Version 3.0 (April 2015)

•  MOHLTC Health System Update Memo from Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister

•  Public Health Ontario Geographic areas currently affected by EVD

•  Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

•  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

•  World Health Organization Global Alert and Response (GAR)

•  Government of Canada Ebola Virus Disease

•  MOHLTC Emergency Management - Ebola Virus Disease

•  Public Health Ontario Travellers Returning to Ontario from EVD Affected Regions (Jan 16, 2015)

•  MOHLTC Ebola Virus Disease Screening Tool for Paramedic Services (Jan 21, 2015)