A man who was rushed more than 60 miles to hospital after becoming ill at a seaside town in Wales has tested negative for deadly Ebola, doctors said today.
Eyewitnesses said men in white protective suits were seen close to the busy seafront at Llandudno before a convoy of police cars and an ambulance headed along the A55 dual carriageway bound for a Liverpool hospital on Friday.
Dr Deborah Turbitt, Ebola National Incident Director at Public Health England said:
“Between last August and early June, 240 individuals with relevant symptoms and a travel history were tested for Ebola in Britain. The risk of Ebola to the general public in the UK remains very low.
“Our systems have demonstrated that the UK is able to manage a case of Ebola if identified.”
Public Health Wales have confirmed that a patient being tested for Ebola in Cardiff has come back as negative for the virus
In a statement the organisation stated there was no reason to believe there was any wider risk to public health.
“Public Health Wales can confirm that an individual tested for Ebola on Tuesday 10 March at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff does not have the disease. There is no reason to believe that there is any wider public health risk. We would once again like to reassure the public that all appropriate precautions have been taken to protect the patient, NHS staff and the wider community. We are unable to provide further comment on individual patients and therefore will not be issuing any further press statements on this case. It is important to remember that to date, only one case of Ebola has been identified in the UK and there has been none in Wales. The infection can be transmitted only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. The risk to the public from Ebola remains low.”
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Public Health Wales says a person in Cardiff is being tested for ebola at the University of Hospital of Wales.
The person has "a history of travel to West Africa", a spokesperson said.
Dr Marion Lyons from the organisation says they are confident there is "no risk to the public" and they have advised all frontline medical staff to be alert to signs and symptoms.
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Posters aimed at people with symptoms of the deadly virus Ebola are to be displayed outside hospitals in Swansea, Bridgend and Port Talbot.
The bright red and orange posters warn people not to enter the hospital if they have Ebola-type symptoms, including a fever, and have recently visited West Africa.
The posters are believed to be among the first of their kind in the UK as part of urgent measures to prevent the virus spreading.
A spokesperson for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said: "Anyone who fits the criteria is being asked to ring an intercom at the entrance first, instead of walking directly into hospitals.
"A member of staff will then come to the patient directly to help them."
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A person in Cardiff is being monitored by Public Health Wales following possible exposure to the Ebola virus in West Africa.
The individual will be monitored for the duration of the incubation period of 21 days.
Public Health Wales can confirm that an individual resident in Wales is currently staying away from work and limiting contact with other people voluntarily following possible exposure to Ebola while visiting Western Africa. The individual does not have symptoms of Ebola and there are no cases of Ebola in Wales.
We are alert to the possibility of Ebola cases in the UK given the outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea and we remain vigilant to unexplained illness in people who have travelled from the area. Processes have been developed to protect public health in the event that we are notified of any individual who may have been exposed to Ebola.