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Ebola outbreak response by Ottawa to be updated

10/20/2014 11:22 EDT | Updated 12/20/2014 05:59 EST
CBC News is dedicating a special day of coverage to the Ebola crisis on Tuesday. On radio, television and online, we'll explore the facts behind Ebola and answer questions. Be part of the conversation Tuesday by using #ebolafacts on social media or by joining our live chat on CBCNews.ca starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Canada's health minister and top public health officials today will give an Ebola update from Ottawa that focuses on the country's "current actions."

Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Dr. Gregory Taylor, chief public health officer, are expected to speak starting at about 12:15 p.m. ET.

In Canada, there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola. An outbreak of the viral disease is centred in West Africa.  Nigeria and Senegal have now been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization. 

No confirmed cases have been reported in Canada.

Earlier on Monday, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the province will contribute $3 million to support the emergency response to the outbreak in West Africa.

Drills are also underway in Canada to prepare for any potential cases. 

In Halifax on Monday, a team from the federal Public Health Agency of Canada was to brief health-care providers on the techniques to prevent spread of the disease should it hit the this country.

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