Patient being tested for Ebola in the UK

Patient being tested for Ebola in the UK

A person with a history of travel to west Africa is being tested for Ebola after being admitted to hospital in England.

The patient is being kept in isolation at Great Western Hospital in Swindon while tests for the deadly virus are carried out as a “precautionary measure”, health chiefs said.

A spokeswoman for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “The trust is awaiting the results of the sample, which is being screened for a variety of infectious diseases prevalent in the affected countries, one of which is Ebola.

“The risk to local people, other patients or visitors to the hospital is very low. It is important to remember that contact with blood or other body fluids is needed for Ebola to be transmitted from one person to another.

“As a precaution the patient is being kept in isolation until blood test results are available.”

The trust said it had “robust” systems in place to manage patients with suspected infectious diseases and it is following national guidance for possible Ebola cases.

Staff have undergone training to deal with potential Ebola sufferers and personal protective equipment will be used, it added.

The trust said it would not provide any details on the patient or any further information until the test results are known.

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