Patient in Cornwall tested for Ebola

(Last Updated On: December 31, 2014)

Update: Both patients have test negative for Ebola.

It has been confirmed that the patient in Cornwall and one in Aberdeen do not have the virus meaning there is only one confirmed case in the UK.

Two more people are being tested for Ebola, following the first confirmed case in the UK yesterday.

Two patients, one at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and one at the Royal Cornwall Hospital are under going tests.

The Ebola virus is just one of several illnesses they could be suffering from.
Over 100 patients have tested negative in similar circumstances over the last few months.

The patient in Cornwall arrived at  hospital last night and were taken directly to an isolation unit.
It is understood that they recently returned from a high risk area.

The results of the test may not be known for some hours. If they do come back positive, the patient will be transferred to one of five specialist hospitals in the UK.

In a joint statement, the hospital and Public Health England said:

“A patient has been admitted to Royal Cornwall Hospital and is currently undergoing a series of tests – one of which is for Ebola.

“We do not expect the results to be known for at least 24 hours and in the meantime the patient is being looked after in isolation, following nationally agreed guidelines and protocols to protect the health of our staff and other patients.

“Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has been following national guidance around Ebola and made plans in line with advice from Public Health England and NHS England.”

A scottish nurse in Glasgow was the first confirmed case in the UK. The woman had recently flown back from Sierra Leone where she had been volunteering. She has been transferred to Royal Free Hospital in London for specialist treatment.

Officials are closely monitoring anyone who has been in close contact with the unnamed Ebola victim.


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