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WHO: Fewer than 100 new cases of Ebola diagnosed

There were 99 new confirmed cases of Ebola across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone last week, the World Health Organisation has revealed.

The figure is down from 128 new cases recorded the previous week.

WHO has previously said that its response is now moving to the phase of ending the epidemic, as the number of new cases being diagnosed each week has fallen.


World Health Organisation approves first rapid Ebola test

The World Health Organisation has approved the first rapid Ebola test.

Produced by US firm Corgenix the test is intended to enable "rapid, sensitive, safe and simple diagnostic testing" of suspected Ebola patients.

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said the test is less accurate than the standard test but is easy to perform, does not require electricity, and can give results within 15 minutes.

Briton 'potentially exposed to Ebola' brought back to UK

A British healthcare worker potentially exposed to Ebola has been brought back to the UK for monitoring.

Public Health England (PHE) said the worker, who had potential contact with the deadly virus while in Sierra Leone, is being transported to the UK for assessment and monitoring.

"The individual has not been diagnosed with Ebola, does not currently have any symptoms and their risk of developing the infection remains very low," a spokesman said.

Health workers put on protective gear in Sierra Leone. Credit: Reuters

On arrival in the UK they will be assessed in hospital and then monitored for any symptoms for the remainder of their 21-day incubation period.

PHE's director for health protection and medical director, Professor Paul Cosford, said:

We are confident that all appropriate public health actions have been, and will continue to be, taken to support this individual and to protect the public's health.

The overall risk to the general public from Ebola remains very low. It's important to remember, in choosing to volunteer this individual took a courageous decision to help those affected in West Africa, and to prevent the spread of Ebola any wider.

– Professor Paul Cosford

Patient tested for Ebola at Edinburgh hospital

A patient is being tested for Ebola at an Edinburgh hospital after returning from west Africa, NHS Lothian has said.

The patient was admitted to the regional infectious diseases unit at the city's Western General Hospital.

Melanie Johnson, director of unscheduled care for the health board, said: "A patient who recently returned to Scotland from west Africa has been admitted to our regional infectious diseases unit (RIDU) at the Western General Hospital after reporting a raised temperature.

"The patient will be screened for possible infections and as a precaution will be kept in isolation.

"We have robust systems in place to manage patients with suspected infectious diseases and follow agreed and tested national guidelines."


Military healthcare workers do not have Ebola

Two military healthcare workers flown to the UK to be tested for Ebola have been discharged after being found not to have the deadly virus.

Both workers suffered needle-stick injuries in two separate incidents while working in Sierra Leone, and were taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London to be monitored.

Public Health England director Prof Paul Cosford said the pair would continue to be monitored.

[We are] closely monitoring the individuals' health and following all necessary precautionary processes and protocols.

The individuals will receive ongoing monitoring and support while residing in appropriate private accommodation close to the Royal Free.

The risk to the public from Ebola remains very low.

– Prof Paul Cosford, Public Health England

Report: US to withdraw most troops battling Ebola in west Africa

President Barack Obama is set to announce the United States will withdraw most of the American troops sent to West Africa to battle the Ebola epidemic, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Health workers put on protective gear in Sierra Leone. Credit: Reuters

It quoted US officials as saying that over the coming weeks, Washington would pull out most of the 1,300 US forces currently working in Liberia and Senegal, where officials believe the crisis has largely been contained.

The White House had no immediate comment on the report.

Nearly 9,000 people have died in the epidemic that began in December 2013, according to the World Health Organization.

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