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Air Canada allows flight attendants to wear gloves to protect against Ebola

Air Canada says it has no objections to cabin crews donning protection when collecting passenger waste, such as cups, that could carry saliva infected with the deadly virus.
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October 17, 2014 - 5:00 AM

MONTREAL - Air Canada's flight attendants have won permission from the carrier to wear disposable gloves to help protect themselves from the risk of coming into contact with the Ebola virus.

The country's largest carrier says it has no objections to cabin crews donning protection when collecting passenger waste, such as cups, that could carry saliva infected with the deadly virus.

The union representing said the change was requested as flight attendants felt vulnerable, even though health officials say the risk of contamination is very low.

On Wednesday, Ottawa said said a team of health experts and epidemiologists is standing by should Ebola arrive in Canada.

The World Health Organization says the number of deaths from Ebola is expected to climb above 4,500 in Africa.

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News from © The Canadian Press, 2014
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