Ebola screenings to begin at Gatwick and Heathrow Airports

The UK is to begin enhanced screening of passengers for Ebola at Gatwick terminals, Downing Street has announced.

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Teams from Aldershot have been practising in a 'mock' hospital unit to prepare themselves - or at least try to prepare - for what lies ahead in Sierra Leone.

Heathrow and Gatwick airports are getting ready to screen passengers arriving from areas affected by the disease.

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Ebola information posters to go up at British airports

Posters will be placed in UK airports providing information about the Ebola virus, Downing Street has said.

Discussing a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee this morning, a spokesman for Number 10 said further advice had already been issued to medical professionals across the country in regard to the virus.

Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies told the committee that detailed contingency planning in place for any outbreak on British soil but maintained that the risk to the UK "remained low", the spokesman said.

Reports British man has died from Ebola as airports start enhanced screenings

A British man who is thought to have contracted Ebola has died in Macedonia, according to a senior government official in the country.

The UK is to begin enhanced screening of passengers from Ebola-affected countries at Heathrow, Gatwick and Eurostar terminals, Downing Street has announced.

Earlier, a top US medical official warned that the epidemic could be the "next Aids" if not contained quickly, while the chief of the World Bank said the future of the African continent could be at stake if the spread is not halted.

It comes after the World Health Organisation reported that the recorded number of deaths from Ebola has almost reached 4,000 worldwide and warned the real number could be more.

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