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Patient tests negative for Ebola at Liverpool hospital

The patient was admitted to the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Credit: PA

A patient admitted to hospital in Liverpool with suspected Ebola has tested negative for the deadly disease.

In a statement issued yesterday, Public Health England said the patient was undergoing a series of tests - one of which was for Ebola.

But in a follow up statement today it confirmed there was no sign of the virus, which has now killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa.

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Patient admitted to Liverpool hospital for Ebola testing

Patient admitted to Liverpool hospital for Ebola testing Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A patient has been admitted to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital to undergo Ebola testing, Publich Health England have confirmed.

Public Health England can confirm a patient has been admitted to Royal Liverpool University Hospital and is currently undergoing a series of tests – one of which is for Ebola. Ebola is considered very unlikely but testing will take place as a precaution, as is our usual practice in these circumstances.

Between August last year and early June, 240 individuals with relevant symptoms and a travel history were tested for Ebola in the UK. The risk of Ebola to the general public in the UK remains very low. Ebola can only be transmitted by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person. We have well established and practiced infection control procedures for dealing with cases of imported infectious disease, and our systems have demonstrated that the UK is able to manage a case of Ebola if identified.

– Dr Deborah Turbitt, Ebola National Incident Director at Public Health England

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