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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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Liberia declared officially free of Ebola

Ebola has been eradicated in Liberia, according to the World Health Organisation.

The West African nation has now gone 42 days without a new case - twice as long as its incubation period. More than 4,700 people died from the deadly virus over the last year.

Liberian police officers in April Credit: Kay Nietfeld/DPA

Tolbert Nyswah, Liberia's deputy health minister, said that the news was "worth celebrating", but that vigilance was still needed while neighbouring countries Guinea and Sierra Leone still suffer.

A total of 11,005 people have died from Ebola in the three West African neighbours since the outbreak began in December 2013, according to the WHO.

Liberia was recording hundreds of new cases a week at the peak of the outbreak between August and October, causing international alarm.

Liberia declared Ebola free

Liberia has been declared Ebola free today, after 42 days without a new case of the virus being recorded.

Health workers in protective suits in Liberia earlier this year Credit: Kay Nietfeld/DPA/Press Association Images

The World Health Organisation praised the West African country's "determination to defeat Ebola" as the nation marked an end to the year-long epidemic which has killed 4,700 Liberians.

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Liberia declared 'Ebola free' after no recent new cases

Liberia has been declared free from Ebola after 42 days without a new case. Credit: Kay Nietfeld / DPA/Press Association Images

Liberia has been declared free from Ebola on Saturday after 42 days without a new case, according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Reuters reports.

However MSF urged continued vigilance until the worst-ever recorded outbreak of the virus is extinguished in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone.

MSF's head of mission in Liberia, Mariateresa Cacciapuoti, said: "We can't take our foot off the gas until all three countries record 42 days with no cases."

She urged Liberia to step up cross-border surveillance to prevent Ebola slipping back into the country.

A total of 11,005 people have died from Ebola in Liberia, neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in December 2013, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Nearly half of those deaths have been in Liberia, where the outbreak peaked between August and October, with hundreds of cases a week.

Man in Glasgow tested for Ebola after Liberia trip

A man has been admitted to hospital and is being tested for Ebola after returning from Liberia.

The traveller was taken in to the Brownlee Centre for Infectious Diseases at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital in the early hours of this morning.

Test results are expected this afternoon.

An NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokesman said it is thought to be "very unlikely" that the man has Ebola.

Sierra Leone ends three-day Ebola lockdown

Sierra Leone ended its three-day government imposed lockdown on Sunday evening meaning some six million residents were finally allowed to venture outside.

The lockdown, aimed at accelerating the end of the country's Ebola epidemic, saw officials order residents to stay inside on pain of arrest as health workers went door-to-door looking for hidden patients.

Guinea introduces emergency measures to curb Ebola

Guinea has introduced new emergency measures to curb the spread of Ebola. Credit: Reuters/Baz Ratner

Guinea's President Alpha Conde has announced new emergency measures enabling authorities to restrict movements in the west of the country where Ebola transmission continues a year after the epidemic was declared.

More than 10,300 people have died from Ebola in West Africa and while cases are thought to have peaked, Guinea is struggling to stamp out the virus.

Following a dip in new cases in January, they have spiked again since early March in and around the capital, prompting officials to announce a new phase of the epidemic in Guinea.

Speaking on state television Conde said: "I declare in the districts of Forecariah, Coyah, Dubreka, Boffa and Kindia a reinforcement of emergency measures for a period of 45 days.

"Wherever the need may be, throughout this period, measures of restriction and confinement will be taken".

Food and medical supplies would be given to the affected communities, Conde added.

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