The Foreign Secretary will today chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee to discuss the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.
Philip Hammond said the Government was treating it as a "serious threat" although it is not believed any British nationals have yet been affected by the virus.
He told BBC Radio 5Live: "We do have to treat this as a serious threat, I will be chairing a Cobra committee later on today to look at the impact of the outbreak of the virus."
"What we need to do to protect British citizens abroad in the area any steps that we need to take to ensure that the UK remains safe."
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