PHE announces transport of possible Ebola contact

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Public Health England (PHE) announced Monday that a possible Ebola virus contact has been transferred into the U.K. after working in Sierra Leone.

They state that the individual has been monitored and shows no symptoms of Ebola virus disease (EVD). This healthcare worker was transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary and subsequently discharged.

"The overall risk to the general public from Ebola remains very low," Ebola Incident Lead for PHE Dr. Isabel Oliver said. "We are confident all appropriate public health actions have been taken to support this individual and to protect the public’s health. The courage shown by every volunteer, in helping those affected in West Africa and working to prevent the spread of Ebola any wider, should be recognized."

It is standard procedure for PHE to discharge a potential contact if they show no evidence of the viral infection or symptoms.
EVD symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, spontaneous bleeding or bruising. The virus is transferred through infected bodily fluids or waste matter.

According to the report, this individual worked in the same facility as a U.S. healthcare worker who was diagnosed with the disease. The patient was transferred to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center on March 13. The individual in the U.K. was a contact identified through an investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Development.

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