Canadian universities take precautions in light of Ebola epidemic

September 19, 2014

Officials say the risk of Ebola spreading to Canada is very low; however, Canadian PSE institutions are taking necessary precautions to ensure that the disease does not afflict campuses. International student offices are contacting students who may have recently traveled to affected areas and encouraging them to keep a close eye out for symptoms of the disease. Ryerson University, for instance, has asked these students to check their temperature twice daily for 21 days. According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), approximately 5,500 students from affected countries studied in Canada in 2013. Most of these students were from Nigeria and Senegal, which have reported cases of the disease but have not been affected nearly to the degree that Sierra Leone, Guinea, or Liberia have. Ontario’s chief medical officer told universities and colleges that “there are currently no cases of Ebola virus disease in Canada and the risk to Canadians is very low.” University Affairs