Ebola risk ‘very low’ say health chiefs

A doctor talks to a patient during the ebola training exercise at the Army Medical Services training centre in Strensall, Yorkshire
A doctor talks to a patient during the ebola training exercise at the Army Medical Services training centre in Strensall, Yorkshire
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HEALTH chiefs are urging people not to panic despite the increased threat posed by the Ebola virus.

Despite warnings from the World Health Organisation (WHO) public health chiefs say there are no plans to introduce Ebola screening for those arriving in the UK and say hospitals in Wigan and across the region are more than capable with dealing with cases should any arise.

About 3,400 people, mainly from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, have died in the current outbreak. However, health chiefs are telling Wiganers that the risk of contracting the virus is virtually zero.

Dr Paul Cosford, director of health protection at Public Health England in the North West said: “The risk of travellers and people working in affected countries contracting Ebola remains low, but PHE continues to keep border staff and medical practitioners informed, and request they remain vigilant for unexplained illness in those who have visited these areas in West Africa.

“As part of contingency preparations, PHE has provided primary care and hospital healthcare workers in the North West with the latest information about the outbreak and actions to take in the event of a possible case.”

PHE said that if a case of Ebola were reported in Wigan, the affected person would be isolated. Prof John Watson (PHE) added: “Our local hospitals have a proven record of dealing with infectious diseases and patients will receive the best care possible.”