No Canadians have contracted the deadly virus since the recent outbreak in West Africa, but there are still many Winnipeggers working closely with it, either overseas or at home.
Since the outbreak, researchers from the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg have traveled to West Africa to help contain the spread.
Currently there is a team of four in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. They work from mobile laboratories, equipped to detect and kill the virus(??).
Microbiologist Dr. Jim Strong was one of the researches who worked overseas. “We’re right where the patients are,” says Dr. Strong. “We see the patients from where we’re doing the lab work. They get their results from the time we get the blood sample to the time they get their results is about three hours.”