A nurse in Glasgow who had just returned from Sierra Leone was confirmed to have contracted Ebola, becoming the first case of the deadly virus to be diagnosed on British soil, the Independent reported Monday.
The patient was being treated at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital, and was said to be in a stable condition, the newspaper said.
She was to be transferred to a high-level isolation unit of the Royal Free hospital in London, in line with the protocol for Ebola cases.
The woman had returned to Scotland on Sunday night via Casablanca and Heathrow, arriving at the Glasgow airport on a British Airways flight.
She was screened both in Sierra Leone and Heathrow, but had not displayed any symptoms at that stage.
She sought medical help hours after her return to Britain when she began to feel ill early on Monday morning, and was subsequently placed into isolation.
Passengers on the two flights the woman took were now being contacted as a “precautionary measure”, although the risks of them contracting the disease were “very low”, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was quoted as saying.
The patient is a National Health Service nurse who worked at the Ebola hospital of the non-governmental organization Save the Children in Kerry Town, near Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown.
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