Ebola Case Confirmed In Scotland

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The Scottish government has confirmed today (29 December) that a case of Ebola has been diagnosed in Glasgow, Scotland.

Infectious diseases protocol have been put in place and the patient has been isolated in the specialist Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases on the Gartnavel Hospital campus.

The patient will be transferred to the high level isolation unit in the Royal Free hospital, London, inline with UK and Scottish protocol for anyone diagnosed with Ebola, as soon as possible.

The patient is a health worker who was helping in combatting the disease in West Africa before returning to the UK from Sierra Leone (via Casablanca) at around 11:30pm last night.

According to the Scottish Government, the patient was immediately admitted into hospital after feeling unwell and placed in an isolation unit at 7:50am today.

The Scottish Government said the disease was discovered in its early stages and the risk to others is “extremely low”.

However, all possible contacts with the patient are in the process of being contacted and will be monitored closely for any signs of Ebola.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) to ensure all necessary steps are being taken, and has also spoken to Prime Minister David Cameron.

Nicola Sturgeon said: “Our first thoughts at this time must be with the patient diagnosed with Ebola and their friends and family. I wish them a speedy recovery.

“Scotland has been preparing for this possibility from the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa and I am confident that we are well prepared.

“We have the robust procedures in place to identify cases rapidly. Our health service also has the expertise and facilities to ensure that confirmed Ebola cases such as this are contained and isolated effectively minimising any potential spread of the disease.

“Scotland’s NHS has proved it is well able to cope with infectious diseases in the past, such as swine flu, and I am confident we will be able to respond effectively again.”

A special telephone line has been opened for anyone who was on the British Airways Heathrow to Glasgow flight last night.

The number to call is 08000 858531.