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The British healthcare worker who has been flown home for Ebola testing following a needle-stick injury in Sierra Leone was exposed to the virus in a "frontline care setting" according to Public Health England.
The patient, who arrived back in the UK today on an RAF flight, will be monitored for the remainder of their 21-day incubation period at London's Royal Free Hospital.
Public Health England have confirmed that a British healthcare worker has been flown home from Sierra Leone and admitted to London's Royal Free Hospital for Ebola testing.
Professor Paul Cosford, PHE’s director for health protection and medical director, said: “Our thoughts are with this person, who has been courageous in helping those affected in West Africa, and in preventing the wider spread of Ebola.
“We have strict, well-tested protocols in place for this eventuality and we are confident that all appropriate actions have been taken to support the healthcare worker concerned and to protect the health of other people.”
The hospital said the individual is likely to have been exposed to the Ebola virus but has not been diagnosed with the disease and does not have symptoms.
A British military healthcare worker has returned to England for Ebola monitoring.
The as yet unnamed healthcare worker is under observation following a needle-stick injury sustained while treating a person in Sierra Leone.
The number of people dying from liver disease in the UK has risen by 400% over the last 40 years according to the British Liver Trust.
The charity is calling for the Government to introduce early liver disease screening along with a specific national liver health prevention campaign which it said could save £600m and thousands of lives.
Chief Executive of the Trust, Andrew Langford, said: “If we do nothing, we will continue to see ever increasing rates of liver damage and early death.
"The average age of death from liver disease is 57, that’s over 20 years lower than deaths from cancer, stroke and heart disease – liver disease is now the third most common cause of premature death."
The organisation has launched its fourth annual 'Love Your Liver' campaign along with an online screening tool which is designed to help the public assess their risk of liver disease.
Leading doctors have warned that plans to shorten their medical training could compromise patient safety.
The British Medical Association said there were concerns doctors would not be able to reach the necessary level of expertise
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The World Health Organisation has said that its response is now moving to the phase of ending the epidemic.
- Number of cases continues to fall in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone
- Mali declared free of Ebola after 42 days since the last case was tested
- Intense-transmission countries have sufficient capacity to isolate and treat patients
- 27 laboratories are providing services in the three intense-transmission countries. Five more laboratories are planned to meet demand
- Case fatality among hospitalised patients remains between 57% and 59% in the 3 intense-transmission countries, with no detectable improvement
- A total of 828 health worker infections have been reported in the three intense-transmission countries; there have been 499 reported deaths.