The risk of Ebola to the general public in the UK remains very low. Ebola can only be transmitted by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person or animal. Read NHS Choices information on the low risk to the UK.

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The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus primarily affects 3 countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Over 21,600 cases and 8,600 deaths have been reported globally by the World Health Organisation (21 January 2015).

This is the largest known outbreak of Ebola.

The government is also helping to combat Ebola at source in the countries affected.