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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:17 pm 
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Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow hospital
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A healthcare worker who has just returned from West Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being treated in hospital in Glasgow.

The patient, who arrived from Sierra Leone on Sunday night, is in isolation at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital.

All possible contacts with the case are being investigated. The patient will be transferred to high level isolation in London as soon as possible.

Sources told the BBC the Ebola case involved a female aid worker.

NHS Scotland said infectious diseases procedures had been put into effect at the Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases at Gartnavel.

The patient returned to Scotland from Sierra Leone late on Sunday via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at about 23:30.

While public health experts have emphasised that the risks are negligible, a telephone helpline has been set up for anyone who was on the Heathrow to Glasgow flight. The number is: 08000 858531

The patient was admitted to hospital early in the morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 07.50.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) and has also spoken to Prime Minister David Cameron.

According to UK and Scottish protocol for anyone diagnosed with Ebola, the patient will be transferred to the high level isolation unit in the Royal Free hospital, London.

Ms Sturgeon said: "Our first thoughts at this time must be with the patient diagnosed with Ebola and their friends and family. I wish them a speedy recovery.

"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."

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:24 pm 
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Ebola in Glasgow: Live updates as woman tests positive for deadly virus
Dec 29, 2014 19:11 By Sam Adams
The Ebola was detected in a volunteer, understood to be a woman, returning to Glasgow from West Africa last night

Getty (L)A patient at the Glasgow hospital has been confirmed to be infected with ebolaA patient at the Glasgow hospital has been confirmed to be infected with ebola

A health worker in Glasgow has been diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus.
The patient returned from Sierra Leone late last night via Casablanca and London.
The Scottish Government said the patient, who is understood to be a woman, was helping to combat the disease in west Africa where the virus has claimed thousands of lives.
The volunteer flew into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at about 11.30pm.
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Patient to be transferred to specialist London hospital
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PANHS staff undertake training at a replica medical camp located at the Army Medical Service Training Centre in StrensallTraining: NHS staff undertake training at a replica medical camp (file picture)
The patient is expected to be transferred to the high level isolation unit in the Royal Free hospital, London, as soon as possible.

A telephone helpline has been set up for anyone who was on the Heathrow to Glasgow flight last night.

The number is: 08000 858531.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: 'We can cope with this'
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Our first thoughts at this time must be with the patient diagnosed with Ebola and their friends and family. I wish them a speedy recovery.

“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.

“We have the robust procedures in place to identify cases rapidly.

"Our health service also has the expertise and facilities to ensure that confirmed Ebola cases such as this are contained and isolated effectively minimising any potential spread of the disease.

“Scotland’s NHS has proved it is well able to cope with infectious diseases in the past, such as swine flu, and I am confident we will be able to respond effectively again.”

Sturgeon has spoken to Prime Minister David Cameron about the situation.

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Scottish Government: 'All contacts with the woman are being investigated'
Rowan GriffithsEbolaVirus: Ebola has caused havoc in West Africa, killing thousands of people
The Scottish Government said the patient, who is understood to be a woman, was helping to combat the disease in west Africa where the virus has claimed thousands of lives.

The volunteer flew into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at about 11.30pm.

After feeling unwell, the patient was admitted to hospital this morning and put in isolation at 7.50am in specialist Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases on the Gartnavel Hospital campus.

All possible contacts with the patient are now being investigated and anyone thought to be at risk will be contacted and closely monitored.

The government said the risk to others is "considered extremely low".

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Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow
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Case: Gartnavel hospital Glasgow
A case of Ebola has been confirmed in Scotland, according to medical sources.

The deadly virus was detected in a volunteer, understood to be a woman, returning to Glasgow from West Africa last night.

She began to feel unwell and went to seek medical help.

It is understood that she is undergoing treatment at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow.

The patient had been working with sufferers in a region badly affected by the epidemic, it is understood.

The deadly virus has caused havoc in West Africa, killing thousands of people.

The illness can kill within days if it goes untreated.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:33 pm 
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Ebola confirmed in Scotland after health worker isolated at hospital
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29 December 2014 18:44 GMT
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Ebola case: The health worker is isolated at the Brownlee Unit at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow.SWNS

A case of Ebola has been diagnosed in Glasgow, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

NHS Scotland infectious diseases procedures have been put into effect and the patient has been isolated.

They are receiving treatment in the specialist Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases on the Gartnavel Hospital campus.

The patient is a health care worker who was helping to combat the disease in west Africa.

They returned to Scotland from Sierra Leone late on Sunday night via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at around 11.30pm.

The patient was admitted to hospital early in the morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 7.50am.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee to ensure all necessary steps are being taken, has spoken to Prime Minister David Cameron.


Ms Sturgeon said: “Our first thoughts at this time must be with the patient diagnosed with Ebola and their friends and family. I wish them a speedy recovery.

“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.

“We have the robust procedures in place to identify cases rapidly. Our health service also has the expertise and facilities to ensure that confirmed Ebola cases such as this are contained and isolated effectively minimising any potential spread of the disease.

“Scotland’s NHS has proved it is well able to cope with infectious diseases in the past, such as swine flu, and I am confident we will be able to respond effectively again.”

A Scottish Government spokesman 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.

"According to UK and Scottish protocol for anyone diagnosed with Ebola, the patient will be transferred to the high level isolation unit in the Royal Free hospital, London, as soon as possible. This is where the facilities, staff and systems are in place to ensure the best quality and safest care."

Anyone who was on the Heathrow to Glasgow flight on Sunday night and is concerned should call a special helpine on 08000 858531.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:36 pm 
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Scottish govt confirms Glasgow Ebola case

December 30, 2014 - 6:25AM

A healthcare worker who returned from Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and is receiving treatment in Glasgow, the Scottish government says.

The patient flew back via Casablanca and London Heathrow before arriving at Glasgow Airport about 11.30pm on Sunday on a British Airways flight.

The health worker was admitted to hospital early on Monday morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 7.50am.

A government statement said NHS Scotland infectious diseases procedures had been put into effect and the patient was receiving treatment in the specialist Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases on the Gartnavel Hospital campus, Glasgow.

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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," a Scottish government spokesman said.

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

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:39 pm 
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Ebola: One case of virus confirmed in Glasgow Gartnavel Hospital

The patient is believed to be a female healthcare worker
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A healthcare worker who returned from West Africa last night has been diagnosed with Ebola, the Scottish government has confirmed.

The patient returned from Sierra Leone yesterday and is now receiving treatment at the specialist Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital.

The Scottish Government said in a statement tonight that procedures to deal with infectious diseases have been put into effect.

The worker returned to Scotland via Casablanca and London Heathrow, and arrived into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at around 11.30pm on Sunday. They were admitted to hospital early on Monday morning after feeling unwell, and were placed into isolation at 7:50am.

Sources told BBC News the aid worker was a female, while a Guardian reporter said the nurse worked at the Kerrytown Ebola hospital run by Save the Children. The Independent has contacted the charity for confirmation.

Anyone deemed to be at risk will be contacted and closely monitored the statement added, but stressed: "the risk to others is considered extremely low" as the aid worker was diagnosed in the very early stages of the virus.

While public health experts have emphasised that the risks are negligible, a telephone helpline has been set up for anyone who was on the Heathrow to Glasgow flight last night. Those concerned can phone: 08000 858531.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has since chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) to ensure all necessary steps are being taken, and has also spoken to Prime Minister David Cameron.

Ms Sturgeon said: "Our first thoughts at this time must be with the patient diagnosed with Ebola and their friends and family. I wish them a speedy recovery.

She added that Scotland has been preparing for the eventuality that the disease could reach its shores "from the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa."

"I am confident that we are well prepared," she said. "We have the robust procedures in place to identify cases rapidly. Our health service also has the expertise and facilities to ensure that confirmed Ebola cases such as this are contained and isolated effectively minimising any potential spread of the disease."

The diagnosis comes after British nurse William Pooley, 29, contracted the virus earlier this year while volunteering in Sierra Leone. He has since returned to the West African nation to continue his work.

Since the outbreak began in West Africa last March, there have been a total of 19,500 cases in eight countries, mainly Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – and 7,600 reported deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.

The latest reports indicate that the spread of the disease is fluctuating in Guinea, declining in Liberia and plateauing in Sierra Leone. In those three countries, the death rate is 70 per cent.

The symptoms of the deadly virus include a fever, headaches, joint and muscle pain, a sore throat and intense muscle weakness, according to the NHS. Patients typically develop these symptoms after five to seven days, but can appear between two and 21 days of a person becoming infected.

After these symptoms develop people experience diarrhoea, vomiting, a rash, and stomach pain before liver and kidney functions deteriorate.

Ebola then causes internal bleeding and patients can bleed from their ears, eyes, nose or mouth.

However, while Ebola is contagious, it is only spread through contact with the blood and body fluids of an infected person, such as urine, vomit, diarrhoea and faeces, and saliva.

The World Health Organisation makes it clear that patients do not become contagious until they are displaying symptoms of Ebola, and they are not contagious during the incubation period.

The infection can be transmitted when these infected fluids come into direct contact with another person’s broken skin, or with mucus membranes, which are found in the lining of the nose and mouth.

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Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow
Healthcare worker flew from Sierra Leone to Glasgow via Heathrow on Sunday and has been isolated after falling ill
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Monday 29 December 2014 13.56 EST

A healthcare worker who returned from Sierra Leone on Sunday night has been diagnosed with Ebola and is receiving treatment in Glasgow, the Scottish government has said.

The woman has been isolated and is receiving treatment in the specialist Brownlee unit for infectious diseases on the Gartnavel hospital campus.

In a statement the Scottish government said the patient was a healthcare worker who was helping to combat the disease in west Africa. She returned to Scotland from Sierra Leone late on Sunday night via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving at Glasgow airport on British Airways flight BA1478 at about 11.30pm.

The patient was admitted to hospital early on Monday morning after feeling unwell and was put in isolation at 7.50am.

The Scottish government added: “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.”

The first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has chaired a meeting of the Scottish government resilience committee to ensure all necessary steps are being taken, and has also spoken to the prime minister, David Cameron.

According to UK and Scottish protocol for anyone diagnosed with Ebola, the patient will be transferred to the high-level isolation unit in the Royal Free hospital, London, as soon as possible. This is where the facilities, staff and systems are in place to ensure the best quality and safest care. The British nurse William Pooley was successfully treated at the hospital after he contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone last year.

A telephone helpline has been set up for anyone who was on the Heathrow to Glasgow flight. The number is 08000 858531.

Sturgeon said: “Our first thoughts at this time must be with the patient diagnosed with Ebola and their friends and family. I wish them a speedy recovery.

“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.

“We have the robust procedures in place to identify cases rapidly. Our health service also has the expertise and facilities to ensure that confirmed Ebola cases such as this are contained and isolated effectively minimising any potential spread of the disease.

“Scotland’s NHS has proved it is well able to cope with infectious diseases in the past, such as swine flu, and I am confident we will be able to respond effectively again.”

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Pauline Cafferkey is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.
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The next few days will prove "critical" for a British nurse who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone as she is treated with an experimental anti-viral drug and blood from a survivor of the virus, her doctor has said.

Pauline Cafferkey, a public health nurse at Blantyre Health Centre in South Lanarkshire, is receiving specialist treatment via a quarantine tent at the Royal Free Hospital in north London after initially flying home from Heathrow to Glasgow.

Meanwhile, attempts to trace all passengers on both her flights from Casablanca to Heathrow and Heathrow to Glasgow continue, with Public Health England stating it has so far spoken to a total of 85 as of yesterday.

Dr Michael Jacobs said Ms Cafferkey was being treated with convalescent plasma taken from the blood of a recovered patient and an experimental anti-viral drug which is "not proven to work".

But he revealed the hospital was unable to obtain ZMapp, the drug used to treat fellow British volunteer nurse William Pooley, who recovered, because "there is none in the world at the moment".

Describing the patient's condition, Dr Jacobs said: " She is sitting up and talking. She is able to read. She's been eating a bit, drinking and she's been in communication with her family, which has been really nice.

"She's as well as we can hope for at this stage of the illness.

"She's had the treatment, it's gone very smoothly, no side-effects at all.

"I'm sure this isn't how she intended to spend New Year's Eve."

Dr Jacobs said Ms Cafferkey was in an early phase of the disease which gave the hospital the "best opportunity to give her treatment".

"At the moment, we don't know what the best treatment strategies are," he said. "That's why we're calling them experimental treatments.

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"As we've explained to Pauline, we can't be as confident as we would like. There's obviously very good reason to believe it's going to help her, otherwise we wouldn't be using it at all, but we simply don't have enough information to know that's the case."

Dr Jacobs said Ms Cafferkey's family was unable to touch her but could see and speak to her through an internal communication system.

"The family speak to her through an intercom system," he said. "They can see each other clearly. They are talking face to face but without direct contact between the two."

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