No Ebola testing at UK border
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.”