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Ebola case confirmed in Scotland

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A heathcare worker is in isolation in a Glasgow hospital after being diagnosed with Ebola after returning to Scotland from Sierra Leone on Sunday night.

In a statement, the Scottish government confirmed the woman had been in West Africa helping to fight the disease, and began feeling unwell on Monday morning.

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“All possible contacts with the patient are now being investigated and anyone deemed to be at risk will be contacted and closely monitored,” the statement read.

“However, having been diagnosed in the very early stages of the illness, the risk to others is considered extremely low.”

The patient returned to Scotland late on Sunday via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving at Glasgow Airport around 11.30pm local time.

She was admitted to Gartnavel Hospital campus on Monday after feeling unwell and placed in isolation at 7.50am.

The patient will be transferred to a high-level isolation unit in the Royal Free Hospital in London as soon as possible for further treatment.

British Prime Minister David Cameron later said that “all measures would be taken to protect public health”.

The Scottish government is currently contacting the 71 other people on board the British Airways flight from London to Glasgow, but stressed there was “negligible risk” as the patient “displayed no symptoms” of the type that could cause transmission.

—with AAP.

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