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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."

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