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Monday, 29 December 2014
Doctors investigating first ebola case in Scotland after aid worker returns from West Africa
AN AID worker returning from West Africa where she was working in a region badly affected by the epidemic.
A health worker in Glasgow has been diagnosed with the deadly
The patient returned from Sierra Leone late last night via Casablanca and London.
said the patient, who is understood to be a woman, was helping to combat the disease in west Africa where the virus has claimed thousands of lives.
The volunteer flew into Glasgow Airport on British Airways flight BA 1478 at about 10.30pm last night.
After feeling unwell, the patient was admitted to hospital this morning and put in isolation at 7.50am in specialist Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases on the Gartnavel Hospital campus.
All possible contacts with the patient are now being investigated and anyone thought to be at risk will be contacted and closely monitored.
The government said the risk to others is "considered extremely low".
First Minister 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.
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