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Potential Ebola patient transported to UK

A UK military healthcare worker has been transported to England following potential exposure to the Ebola virus.

The worker arrived in the UK on Monday (2 Feb 2015) and was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital (London) for assessment to see whether they have caught the virus.

Professor Paul Cosford, PHE's director for health protection and medical director, said:

“We can confirm that all the appropriate support is being offered to this individual and that strict protocols have been followed to transfer them back to the UK. We would like to emphasise that there is no risk to the general public's health. Our thoughts are with both of the healthcare workers, and their families, affected at this time.”

Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Francois, said:

“This is entirely a precautionary measure and our priority is the wellbeing of the individual involved. Their family has been informed and will receive all possible support from the Government.

“Although we have had two similar incidents within a short space of time both appear to be unrelated. Our personnel receive the highest standard of training and briefing prior to deployment, including on the use of the specialised personal protective equipment.

“On a visit to the country before Christmas I witnessed first-hand the bravery and commitment of the personnel who are doing such a fantastic job in Sierra Leone. Their efforts are deserving of the highest praise and we wish all the best for their two colleagues who are now in the UK.”