An entire section of a UK hospital was locked down amid fears that a patient might have contracted Ebola.
Colchester Hospital in Essex took the decision to deal with an "infection control issue" after a patient's viral symptoms and recent travel history raised concerns among medical staff.
An Ebola outbreak in Uganda has led to 55 deaths and 141 cases since September 20 and a source told The Sun that the hospital's urgent treatment centre was placed in "lockdown".
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The patient underwent tests for multiple viral haemorrhagic fevers, with Dr Meera Chand, UK Health Security Agency director of clinical and emerging infection, pointing out: "Individuals who have travelled recently and report illness are routinely assessed by NHS clinicians for a variety of infectious diseases."
Due to the outbreak in Uganda, medics in this country are on "high alert" to detect any patients showing symptoms of the virus, which has a fatality rate of 50%.
The World Health Organisation lists fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhoea and a rash as the main Ebola symptoms along with, in some cases, bleeding gums and blood in stools.
An East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust spokeswoman confirmed the 24-hour urgent treatment centre had fully reopened by 7am on Thursday (November 17).
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There has never been a known case of Ebola contracted in the UK but, eight years ago, two people who became infected by the virus in West Africa were treated in this country and made full recoveries after being admitted to specialist infectious disease units, which are located at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary and the Royal Free Hospital in London.
Ebola is initially transmitted to people from wild animals and is spread via bodily fluids, such as blood, semen, faeces and vomit.
No licensed treatment or vaccine is currently available in the UK and people with the infection are treated in isolation in intensive care.
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