An Ebola vaccine could be ready for public use as soon as 2015, the World Health Organization has said.
More than 1,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa, in conditions WHO have deemed an international health emergency.
There is no vaccine, cure or treatment for the disease, which is spread through the bodily fluids of an infected person.
Marie-Paule Kienny, an assistant director general at WHO said the 2015 timeline for a cure is “realistic”.
Public Health England (PHE) has reassured the public that the threat of infection from the virus remains low.
There is currently no ban on international travel or trade, but PHE has recommended healthcare professionals remain vigilant for potential cases.
Once transmitted the symptoms include fever, internal and external bleeding, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Dr Brian McCloskey, said: "We have robust mechanisms in place for detecting and responding to any unusual infections within the UK, but ultimately the best possible defence will be ensuring the outbreak in west Africa is brought under control.
"Though it is possible a case could be identified in the UK in a person retuning from an affected country, this is unlikely.
"Ebola causes more harm in countries with less developed healthcare facilities and public health capacity."