No Ebola test­ing at UK bor­der

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HEALTH of­fi­cials have re­vealed there are no plans to screen trav­ellers en­ter­ing the UK for the deadly Ebola virus, as more than 100 Army medics pre­pare to travel to Sierra Leone to help tackle the epi­demic.

Pub­lic Health Eng­land (PHE) said the over­all risk of the virus to the UK re­mains “low” and the coun­try has “ro­bust, well-de­vel­oped and well-tested NHS sys­tems for man­ag­ing un­usual in­fec­tious dis­eases”.

It comes after a Span­ish nurse con­tracted Ebola in the first known case out­side west Africa.

A PHE spokesman said: “There are no plans to in­tro­duce en­try screen­ing for Ebola in the UK. This would re­quire the UK to screen ev­ery re­turn­ing trav­eller, as peo­ple could re­turn to the UK from an af­fected coun­try through any port of en­try. This would be huge num­bers of low-risk peo­ple.

“PHE has pro­vided UK Bor­der Force with ad­vice on the as­sess­ment of an un­well pa­tient on en­try to UK.”

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