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Air Canada allows gloves on Ebola fears

October 16, 2014

MONTREAL (AP) — Air Canada’s flight attendants have won permission from the airline to wear disposable gloves to help protect themselves from the risk of coming into contact with the Ebola virus.

The country’s largest carrier said Thursday 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.

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

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