Ebola virus

Ebola: What is the deadly virus?

The Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness, killing around 90% of people who become infected.

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Breaking: Fire service tackling 'large, severe fire' in Northfield

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West Midlands Fire Service are currently tackling a 'large, serious fire' in Northfield, South Birmingham.

ITV News Central understands crews from 12 fire engines are fighting the fire at a four-storey, empty property at Manor Farm Park on Bristol Road South.

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Birmingham City sign Scotland's Denny Johnstone

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Birmingham City FC have signed Denny Johnstone from Celtic.

The 19-year-old forward arrives at St Andrews on a three-year-deal after the Blues agreed compensation with the Hoops.

The Scotland U19 international has attracted interest from a number of clubs since turning down a fresh contract offer from Celtic to test himself in English football.

"No fresh inquiry launched" into Trojan Horse plot

Park View was one of the trust's three schools placed in special measures by Ofsted
Park View was one of the trust's three schools placed in special measures by Ofsted Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

No fresh inquiry has been launched into the alleged Trojan Horse plot.

That's according to West Midlands police who also said no crimes have been referred for police investigation directly linked to the alleged plot.

The recently released reports from the Department for Education and Birmingham City Council are still being assessed.

The issues raised by these reports are complex and, understandably, we have to assess all of the gathered information in detail to ensure there is nothing identified which may be criminal."

– West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth
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Ministers 'acting early to keep the UK safe' from Ebola

The Government is "acting early" to make sure the UK is safe from the threat of the Ebola virus, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

He is chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee today to look at what measures can be put in place, although he said there was no need for "serious concern" at the moment.

Read: Ebola: World leaders must 'act before it is too late'

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Ebola: World leaders must 'act before it is too late'

International development organisation Plan International says the outbreak of the Ebola virus is a "health crisis with global dimensions".

Dr Unni Krishnan, the body's head of disaster preparedness and response, said: "The arrival of Ebola in the most populous city in Africa is a wake-up call."

Ebola is no longer a regional crisis - it has become a health crisis with global dimensions. The international community needs to act now before it is too late.

The countries battling Ebola are among the poorest in the world and the public health systems across West Africa are fragile. The impacted countries desperately need financial and technical assistance to avoid a catastrophic situation.

– Dr Unni Krishnan, Plan International

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Ebola virus: "Potentially major threat to Britain"

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The latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has been described as a "potentially major threat" to Britain.

That's according to Sir Mark Walport, the Government's chief scientific adviser who said it was because of the increasingly "interconnected" nature of the world.

Earlier this week a man was tested for the deadly virus after flying into Birmingham Airport from Nigeria.

An official from the Department of Health confirmed the man had been given the all clear.

Read: Ebola alert at Birmingham airport as man tested for deadly virus

Ebola alert at Birmingham airport as man tested for deadly virus

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A man has been tested for the deadly virus Ebola after flying into Birmingham Airport from Nigeria.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance on Monday ( 28th July) as a precautionary measure after complaining of feeling feverish when leaving the plane which had travelled from Benin via Paris.

An official from the Department of Health confirmed the man had been given the all clear.

Protecting the public from infectious diseases is a priority and we lead the world in this field. We are well-prepared to identify and deal with any potential cases of Ebola, though there has never been a case in this country.

Any patients with suspected symptoms can be diagnosed within 24 hours and they would also be isolated at a dedicated unit to keep the public safe. Our specialist staff are also working with the World Health organisation to help tackle the outbreak in Africa.”

– The Department of Health

Birmingham boxer to go head-to-head with rival ahead of fight

Frankie Gavin fights Sacky Shikukutu earlier this year
Frankie Gavin fights Sacky Shikukutu earlier this year Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Frankie Gavin, the current British and Commonwealth Welterweight Boxing Champion from Birmingham, will meet his rival head-to-head later ahead of their fight on Friday in Wolverhampton.

Gavin is taking on Leonard Bundu for the European Welterweight Championship.

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