Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Ebola Mobile Laboratory Team Heads Back to Sierra Leone

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Ebola Mobile Laboratory Team Heads Back to Sierra Leone

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Canadian Ebola lab team heads to outbreak

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TORONTO - Canada is sending its mobile Ebola laboratory back into action in Sierra Leone.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said that the team had left Saturday to resume running a lab that supports an Ebola treatment centre at Kailahun, in eastern Sierra Leone.

Canada has had a continuous laboratory presence in the West African outbreak zone since June, with three-person teams typically spending a month in operation before being spelled off.

But the most recent team was abruptly evacuated from Sierra Leone late last month when three people at the hotel complex where they were staying were diagnosed with Ebola.

It is believed the infected people were hotel staff.

As well, an epidemiologist from Senegal who was working in a different part of the same unit and staying in the same hotel contracted Ebola.

The man was later sent by air ambulance to Germany for treatment.

At the time, the Public Health Agency said the lab workers were being brought home for their own safety. …

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