Update on ebola

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed over 10,000 lives.  Since the World Health Organisation declared it an international public health emergency in August 2014, the NHS has done an enormous amount to support the fight against Ebola - both in terms of providing volunteers to work in West Africa and ensuring that we are ready to care for and treat patients in the UK who might have Ebola.

This work is testament to the dedication and professionalism of NHS staff and organisations around the country.

However, while the risk in the UK remains low, Ebola has not gone away.  To date, more than 7,000 people have been screened for Ebola at UK ports of entry, with 228 UK Ebola tests carried out in PHE’s specialist lab and five tests in the last few days alone.

So we need to be prepared and remain vigilant.

It is vitally important that NHS staff continue to follow the established procedure should a suspected case present.  Please make sure you are familiar with the Ebola guidance, resources and information for health professionals at gov.uk.

For more information about the Government’s response to the Ebola outbreak, visit: www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/ebola-virus-government-response.

Published 25th May 2015 

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