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.
Officials from the Public Health Agency of Canada say the risk to that person and the general public is low, even so, he will remain in isolation for for the next 21 days.
The pig in question was purposely infected as part of the lab’s research into whether treating with interferon affects the course of the disease.
Ebola virus disease (EVD), also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola, is a viral hemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates.
The virus spreads by direct contact with body fluids, such as blood, of an infected human or other animals.
Signs and symptoms of infection usually start between two days and three weeks after contraction. The disease has a high risk of death, killing between 25 and 90 per cent of those infected.