A healthcare worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola by doctors in Glasgow. This is the first Ebola case in Britain during the current outbreak.
The patient returned to Scotland via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arrived at Glasgow Airport around 11:30 pm local time (2330 GMT), on Sunday. She was admitted to hospital after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 7:50 am, on Monday. She will now be transferred to the high level isolation unit in London's Royal Free hospital as soon as possible, according to protocol laid down by the government in London.
AdvertisementThe government said, "All possible contacts with the patient are now being investigated and anyone deemed to be at risk will be contacted and closely monitored. However, having been diagnosed in the very early stages of the illness, the risk to others is considered extremely low."
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, "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."