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As you will be aware from the widespread media coverage, parts of West Africa are in the grip of the largest recorded Ebola outbreak. Although it is not transmissible in the same way as flu because it is not airborne and we are unlikely to see many, if any, cases here, we nonetheless need to ensure our defence systems are watertight so that if someone does return to the UK with the infection, we can detect, diagnose and manage it promptly and appropriately.
Many of our expert teams at Public Health England are heavily involved in providing support to colleagues in the NHS and across Government. In addition some of our experts have gone out to the region to support teams on the ground. I am very grateful to everyone for their tremendous work and especially to those who have gone out to Africa.
On Wednesday we submitted our response to the Government’s consultation on standardised tobacco packaging.