Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe disease that is often fatal. Ebola affects the body’s vascular system (how blood moves through the body). This can lead to significant internal bleeding and organ failure.
There is currently an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. There have not been any cases of Ebola in Canada. The risk to Nunavummiut is very low.
Humans can get the virus from:
Contact with infected animals.
Contact with blood, body fluids or tissues of an infected person.
Contact with medical equipment contaminated with infected body fluids, such as needles that are not properly dispose of or sterilized.