Ebola scare at London hospital as woman tests negative
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Health officials at a London hospital were on red alert yesterday after a scare when a woman was admitted with suspected Ebola. The woman had a fever and was put in isolation at St George's Hospital in Tooting, South London and tests for Ebola came back negative.
The patient has a history of travelling to West Africa in recent times and after test results came back negative, she remained in isolation overnight to be monitored in line with national health guidance protocol.
A spokesperson from St. George's hospital said "An unwell patient who had recently travelled to West Africa was admitted to St George's Hospital yesterday. In line with national guidance the patient was moved to our clinical infections unit and underwent a series of tests, as a precaution one of which was for Ebola.
The spokesperson continued "The outcome of the Ebola test result is negative. We can confirm that the patient will remain at St George's Hospital. All appropriate actions have been taken by our staff to protect the public and the patient."
UK health officials have said that around 160 people have been tested for Ebola since June with all of those tests coming back negative. Public Health England have stressed that "As yet, there has not been a case of Ebola diagnosed in the UK and the infection can only be transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids, such as blood, vomit or faeces of an infected person."
So far, there have been in excess of 13,000 reported cases of Ebola with the vast majority of those occurring in West Africa. Of that number, approximately 5,000 people have died from the deadly virus in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea but for 8 deaths in Nigeria, 1 in the USA and 1 in Mali.