Date
22 October 2017
Members of Doctors Without Borders put on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. Photo: AFP
Members of Doctors Without Borders put on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated. Photo: AFP

UK doctors put on Ebola alert

A man who returned from West Africa has been tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Britain, putting doctors on alert that it could be on its way to the UK, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.

The man was taken to hospital in Birmingham after complaining of feeling “feverish” on a flight back to the Midlands, the report said. However, he was confirmed as not having the virus after undergoing a number of tests.

He had been traveling from Benin and Nigeria via Paris, when he became unwell on Monday, according to the newspaper.

The incident comes as hospitals and medical centers across the UK remain on red alert for the virus. The Department of Health said protective measures have been put in place to deal with the deadly bug, should it spread to the country.

Doctors were told to look out for symptoms of the disease which kills 90 percent of victims.

The virus has already killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and infected more than 1,200 since it was first diagnosed in February, the report said.

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