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Wiltshire soldier recognised for ebola work

Brigadier Stephen McMahon. Credit: ITV News

An army officer from Wiltshire will be awarded a medal from the Prime Minister, for his work fighting ebola.

Brigadier Stephen McMahon commanded nearly a thousand British troops in West Africa as they helped build hospitals and train healthcare workers.

Yesterday he was recognised for his work along with others from across the UK who risked their lives to tackle the epidemic.

Award-winning RFA Argus back in Cornwall after fighting ebola

The military hospital ship has spent six months helping to fight ebola. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Crews on board the RFA Argus will return to Cornwall this morning after an award-winning six-month deployment to West Africa to fight ebola.

The ship, three RNAS Culdrose helicopters and a team of Royal Marines helped deliver much-needed equipment, supplies and food packages to remote areas of Sierra Leone.

The Argus was given a special award for its contributions to the ebola fight.

The Argus team received an Admiralty Board Letter of Commendation for its work, which has included establishing crucial medical treatment centres and providing vital transport for medical workers to reach the areas most affected by the disease. It is thought to be first time the award has been granted to an operational unit.

The crew will be flown to shore before the boat docks tomorrow.

The ship delivered vital supplies, equipment and food to areas of Sierra Leone.

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Plymouth University develop 3D interactive game to fight Ebola

The programme is designed to teach people how to stop the disease from spreading Credit: ITV News

Plymouth University have developed a 3D interactive game to help fight Ebola.

The programme, which is similar to a video game, is designed to teach people how to stop the disease from spreading.

It's being trialled in Sierra Leone at Masanga hospital and allows learners to be 'immersed' in simulated environments.

We are delighted to work with such a diverse and knowledge-rich partnership to make a real difference in the fight against Ebola. Immersive learning and simulation are instrumental platforms for educating our own trainee doctors, and the methods we use translate well to the situation in West Africa.

– Dr Tom Gale, Clinical Associate Professor at Plymouth University

Woman tested for Ebola in Cornwall is given the all-clear

A patient at the Royal Cornwall Hospital has been given the all-clear after tests for ebola Credit: ITV News

Public Health England has confirmed that a woman who was being tested for Ebola at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro has been given the all-clear.

The patient, who had recently returned from West Africa, was being kept in isolation at the hospital in Truro while tests were carried out. She is due to be discharged today.

Patient tested for Ebola in isolation unit in Cornwall

A woman who's recently returned from West Africa is being tested for the Ebola virus at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Doctors are treating her in an isolation unit to prevent any potential spread of infection. Our Cornwall Correspondent Steve Hardy reports:

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MP: Even if it's not Ebola it's good to test the system

A patient is being kept in isolation at the Royal Cornwall Hospital while tests for Ebola are carried out Credit: ITV News

Andrew George, the MP for St Ives and a member of the Health Select Committee has commented on the suspected ebola case at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Full specialist treatment is best provided at the Royal Free in London. Until then, full isolation and use of fully fluid repellant disposable protective gear should be worn by anyone working in vicinity of patient or with specimens.

When test results are returned it will be known whether this is a Malaria, Ebola or other infection.

What this demonstrates is the vital importance of a fully functioning integrated NHS. It is also a reminder of just how much we owe to the commitment, dedication and professionalism of NHS staff.

Even if this case turns out not to be a case of Ebola - which of course we will all hope - it will be important for the Trust (in concert with NHS Chiefs) to review their success in their handing of this case, the effectiveness of the protocols and (if necessary) the need for further fine tuning.

– Andrew George MP

Patient tested for Ebola recently returned from West Africa

The patient is being kept in isolation at the Royal Cornwall Hospital while tests are carried out Credit: ITV News

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has told ITV West Country that the patient being tested for Ebola at the hospital had been in West Africa.

It is understood that the patient - who is NOT a health care worker - recently returned from a country affected by an outbreak of the virus. They were placed in the hospital's isolation ward last night.

The results of tests are not expected for at least 24 hours but the hospital says it's just one of a number of checks being carried out.

Patient being tested for ebola was in West Africa

The patient being tested for ebola at the Royal Cornwall Hospital recently returned from West Africa Credit: PA

A patient being tested for Ebola at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro is a health care worker who has been in West Africa.

It is understood that they recently returned from a country affected by an outbreak of the virus.

The patient is being kept in isolation while tests are being carried out.

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