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Ebola: Department of Health statement

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We can confirm that a British national residing in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola virus infection.

Medical experts are currently assessing the situation to ensure that appropriate care is delivered, and consular assistance is being provided.

Professor John Watson, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said:

The overall risk to the public in the UK continues to be very low. Medical experts are currently assessing the situation in Sierra Leone to ensure that appropriate care is provided.

We have robust, well-developed and well-tested NHS systems for managing unusual infectious diseases when they arise, supported by a wide range of experts.