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First case of Ebola diagnosed in U.K.

Health-care worker being treated in Glasgow hospital after return from Sierra Leone


LONDON— A health-care worker who has just returned from Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being treated in a Glasgow hospital, Scottish authoritie­s said Monday.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called it the first case of Ebola ever diagnosed inside the United Kingdom.

The patient flew to Glasgow via Casablanca and London’s Heathrow Airport, arriving late Sunday, the Scottish government said.

The health-care worker was admitted to a hospital on Monday morning.

Sturgeon said the risk to the public is “extremely low” and that pre- planned steps would be taken to protect the public.

“We have been preparing for this and have robust procedures in place,” she said, adding the patient would soon be transferre­d to an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

She said the patient, who is not being identified, had travelled on an internal British Airways flight from London to Glasgow on Sunday night and that passengers on that flight would be contacted.

But she said the patient was not yet showing symptoms at the time and that people in that stage are much less contagious than they are after they exhibit symptoms, which include a high fever, diarrhea and vomiting.

The patient had been screened for symptoms before leaving Sierra Leone and at Heathrow, Sturgeon said.

The only previous victim of the often-fatal disease in Britain was William Pooley, a nurse who contracted the disease while treating patients in Sierra Leone. He recovered after treatment in London and returned to West Africa.

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the public’s risk of catching Ebola is “extremely low.”

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