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Monday October 20th, 2014

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Travelers coming into Canada after being in an area affected by Ebola could be fined up to $300,000 and face jail time if they don’t disclose that information to Customs, according to MP Brian Masse.

“Customs Officers are meant to receive training on spotting potentially ill travelers, and have authority to quarantine anyone that is suspected of having travelled to one of the affected areas if there is suspicion of infection,” Masse said recently.

“If a traveler lies to the CBSA officers about being in one of the affected regions or knowingly come in contact with an Ebola infected patient, they can face fines of up to $300,000 plus jail time under the Quarantine Act for knowingly misrepresenting themselves.”

The Windsor West MP is calling on the federal government to implement follow-up measures for incoming travelers who don’t have symptoms when crossing the border. Masse cites Ebola’s 21-day incubation period and an average of 8-10 days before symptoms appear as reasons why the government should step up safety measures.

Early signs of Ebola include fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches. Days later vomiting, diarrhea and rash usually develop along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys. Some people also begin to bleed both internally and externally.

The World Health Organization says Ebola has killed 4,555 people worldwide as of October 14th.

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