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Government response to the Ebola outbreak 08.08.14

Medical advice suggests the risk to the UK remains very low

As a response to the spread of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the government have advised that the threat to the UK remains very low.

“The UK has an established, well-tested system to deal with any known or suspected imported case of this disease,” said a spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. “As part of that, precautionary planning measures are being kept up-to-date and the UK’s Public Health authorities are working closely with clinicians, border staff and other agencies to ensure they are prepared to deal with any eventuality.”

The UK also benefits from the world-leading expertise of the Royal Free Infectious Disease Unit, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, all of whom have substantial experience in dealing with dangerous diseases.

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