First bird flu now Ebola fears: British hospital quarantines patient with early signs of disease

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
By Paul Martin

Amy Willis
Tuesday 18 Nov 2014

A hospital has quarantined and tested a patient for Ebola after he arrived at a hospital with early signs of the disease.

The man, who has a history of travelling to Africa, has been admitted to Hereford County Hospital with diarrhoea – early symptoms of the deadly disease.

The unnamed man arrived at the hospital last night and was isolated in a side room and hospital staff told to wear special protection suits.

Public Health England (PHE), who is carrying out the tests, said the man was being tested ‘as a precaution’, and they expect test results to show the man is not infected.

A spokesman for PHE said: ‘PHE can confirm it has received a sample for precautionary Ebola testing, involving an individual at Hereford County Hospital with a history of travel to west Africa.

‘Ebola is considered very unlikely but testing is being done as a precaution. Based on the evidence-based risk assessment protocol, we are confident that all appropriate actions are being taken to ensure there is no risk to public health.’

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