Two volunteers who had potential contact to the Ebola virus in two separate incidents have been transferred to the UK. Neither have been diagnosed with Ebola.
An Australian nurse who had been volunteering in Sierra Leone was flown to the UK on 16 January for a 21-day observation period.
Public Health England confirmed that she has not been diagnosed with Ebola, does not currently have any symptoms, and her risk of developing the infection remains low.
She is currently undergoing tests and monitoring in hospital.
The Australian department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement:
“The individual, who for privacy reasons has not been named, has not been diagnosed with Ebola, and the transfer to the UK for a 21-day observation period is a precautionary step.”
Publich Health England (PHE) confirmed that: “A second volunteer, who had potential contact in a separate incident, is also being transferred to the UK today.”
“On arrival in the UK, the arrangements are for these individuals to be initially assessed in hospital and subsequently monitored for any symptoms for the remainder of their 21 day incubation periods, in line with standard procedures for returning workers.”
The risk to the public posed by these (and any returning workers) is extremely low, explained regional director for PHE, Dr Jenny Harries.
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