Ebola virus a threat to UK – Hammond
The Ebola virus, which has killed more than 670 people in West Africa, is a threat to the United Kingdom, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has told the BBC.
He said he would chair an emergency Cobra meeting on the issue later.
Mr. Hammond said no Britons had been affected so far and there were no cases in the UK, but the government was viewing the outbreak very seriously.
Earlier this month Public Health England issued an alert to UK doctors to be aware of Ebola’s symptoms.
Several West African airlines have now stopped flying to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid concerns about the outbreak.
It comes after an infected Liberian man was found to have travelled through a major Nigerian airport last week.
Mr. Hammond told BBC News the government was “absolutely focused” on tackling the threat posed by the Ebola virus, including looking at “whether there are precautions we need to take – either in the UK or to protect our nationals in the area abroad.”
He went on: “At the moment we don’t think any British nationals [abroad] are affected and we are fairly confident there are no cases in the UK.
“But it is a threat, it is something we need to respond to and we will be doing so through the Cobra mechanism.”
The Department of Health said a man had been tested for Ebola in Birmingham but tests for the virus proved negative.
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