There's been an ebola scare at Weston General Hospital - staff had to to isolate a patient after fears he'd contracted the deadly virus. The man went to the hospital's accident and emergency department after returning from Lebanon.
The man arrived at Weston's A and E department at 9 on saturday morning. A triage nurse examined him and was concerned because of his symptoms and because he'd just come back from North Africa.
He was isolated while tests were carried out and experts consulted.
Another patient said discussions about Ebola could be heard by other people being treated until the all clear was given when a consultant declared, 'ok masks off, de-escalate'.
Those suffering from Ebola usually experience a sudden onset of fever, muscle pain and have a headache and sore throat, this is followed by vomiting and diarrhoea, a rash and both internal and external bleeding.
Ebola can't spread through air, food or water and is less infectious than a cold, flu or measles but in Guinea in West Africa it has spread by contact with the skin or bodily fluids of an infected animal, like a monkey, chimp or fruit bat. Those trying to help have to take elaborate precautions as the virus can move from person to person the same way with those caring for a sick person or burying them being particularly vulnerable.
So the likelihood of an Ebola victim coming to Weston General must be remote but safety first has been and will be the watchword regarding the virus at all the west's hospitals for the foreseeable future.