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Some N.S. health-care workers to be given Ebola-resistant outfits

HALIFAX – Health officials in Nova Scotia are working to prepare the province’s hospitals for any potential cases of Ebola.

Dr. Robert Strang, the chief public health officer for Nova Scotia, says impermeable outfits have been purchased for front-line health-care workers, at a cost of $100,000.

He says it’s unlikely a case of Ebola would emerge in Nova Scotia, which has not seen any cases to date.

The outfits, which consist of gowns and pants, will primarily stay in Halifax, but some will be distributed to other hospitals throughout the province.

Strang says the most important step to take is help fight the disease on the international front.

“That’s the best defence we have of stopping Ebola from coming to us,” he said. “While we need to be prepared, we need to actually be co-operating and control it overseas.”

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The outfits are expected to arrive and be distributed in the coming weeks.

With files from Natasha Pace, Global News

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