Ebola scare at hospital

PUBLISHED: 09:35 22 August 2014

Weston General Hospital.

Weston General Hospital.

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A PATIENT was quarantined at Weston General Hospital on Saturday because of fears he may have the Ebola virus.

The ‘highly-infectious’ illness has been responsible for more than 1,000 deaths in West Africa in recent weeks and Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT) staff feared one man attending the A&E department may have contracted it.

A WAHT spokesman said: “On Saturday a patient presented for treatment, which due to their symptoms and recent travel history, triggered an alert for the Ebola virus.

“A triage nurse was rightfully extremely cautious and informed our consultant that she thought there was a possibility the patient had contracted Ebola because he had recently travelled abroad.

“The patient was immediately quarantined and the Ebola infection management protocol put in place.

“The patient was thoroughly assessed and was found not to be exhibiting any of the Ebola symptoms, after which the department returned to normal.

“It was a false alarm, but given the seriousness of the Ebola virus and it’s highly infectious nature, over caution is the right course of action to take.”

The quarantine was only in place for about 30 minutes.

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