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Hospitals in Havering prepare for ‘unlikely’ ebola arrival in UK

15:35 11 August 2014

There are fears the Ebola virus could spread to the UK (Cynthia Goldsmith/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

There are fears the Ebola virus could spread to the UK (Cynthia Goldsmith/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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Preparations are being made to make sure that any nurses or doctors are prepared to deal with suspected cases of the ebola virus.

Staff at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) are now carefully following national guidance on how to deal with the infection.

Ian Hosein, director of infection prevention at BHRUT said: “It is important that people understand that ebola is not an airborne virus, so it cannot be spread without extremely close contact.

“However, we are full prepared to deal with any suspected cases, as are our colleagues in community care.”

The disease has currently spread across West Africa with confirmed cases in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Rita Chadha at the Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London (RAMFEL) said: “Boarder controls are that strict when it comes to health care that it would be highly unlikely that ebola would come to the UK.

“Public health can never be a waste of time and this has come from the World Health Organisation - every country in the world is doing it.”

The fatality rate can reach around 90%, although in the current outbreak is around 55%.

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