30 Dec 2014

Ebola case confirmed in Scotland

8:44 am on 30 December 2014

A healthcare worker who has just returned from West Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being treated in hospital in Glasgow.

The patient, who arrived from Sierra Leone on Sunday night, is in isolation at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital.

All possible contacts with the case are being investigated. The patient will be transferred to high level isolation in London as soon as possible.

The Ebola case involved a female aid worker, the BBC reported.

NHS Scotland said infectious diseases procedures had been put into effect at the Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases at Gartnavel.

The patient returned to Scotland from Sierra Leone late on Sunday via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at about just before midnight.

Public health experts have emphasised that the risks are negligible.

The patient was admitted to hospital early in the morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation.

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