British Airports Prepare For Ebola; “Suspected” Ebola Patient Arrives In Lewisham
According to researchers at Boston University in the States, there is a 50% chance that the now-well-known Ebola virus could arrive within the UK within the coming week. This is apparently due to the UK being a major transportation hub.
Chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davis, Prime Minister David Cameron and director of global health at Public Health England Dr. Brian McCloskey have all spoken publicly on the matter and appear to be acting aggressively in defence of the spreading virus, which has already claimed more than 3,400 lives in West Africa. In addition, a nurse in Spain has recently become the first person to contract Ebola outside of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea; there was also a scare last week regarding a Macedonian man who died shortly after arriving in hospital from Ebola-type symptoms (he did not).
In response, those that are arriving in the UK from hard-hit areas will now be facing “enhanced screening” for the virus. This will take place at all Heathrow, Gatwick and Eurostar terminals.
You can read more on the UK’s preparation for Ebola here; more information on the virus, its symptoms and how it spreads can be found here.
UPDATE: A man was recently admitted into Lewisham and is suspected to have the Ebola virus…he reportedly visited Sierra Leone a couple of weeks ago. According to a recent report, medical staff were “scared to go near man but let him use a communal toilet and have visitors”.