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A Canadian lab worker was isolated after possibly being exposed to Ebola


A Canadian lab worker may have been exposed to Ebola while working in a government-run infectious disease lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  

According to CNN, the incident happened Monday at a "level four" containment lab at the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease. 

Canada's public health and food inspection agency made the announcement Tuesday.  

The person noticed a tear in their protective suit while working with pigs infected by the virus for research purposes. 

The split wasn't noticed until after the employee left the containment lab, but Dr, John Copps, the director of the Winnipeg lab, said the risk of exposure to fellow employees "is expected to be low." 

"Our employees are well aware of the risks and how to control them. All proper emergency procedures were followed," Copps added in an interview with CNN

Ebola is spread through contact with infected bodily fluids. 

At this point, Rebecca Gilman, spokeswoman fro the Public Health Agency of Canada, said there is no reason to believe that the employee had contact with the bodily fluids of the pig. 

The lab worker was offered an experimental Ebola vaccine as a preventative measure. It is still unclear whether the person accepted the vaccine. 

There is still no approved vaccine for treating Ebola. 

The worst Ebola outbreak struck West Africa in 2014, killing more than 11,300 people. 

During that time, the World Health Organization declared the situation a "public health emergency of international concern." 

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