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Patient tested for Ebola in Cardiff

Doctors in Cardiff are testing a patient for suspected Ebola, officials have confirmed.

The individual is understood to be from Barry and has a history of travel to west Africa, the epicentre of the deadly virus' outbreak.

Public Health Wales said it was confident the risk to others was low.

Its director of health Dr Marion Lyons said: "I can confirm that an individual with a history of travel to West Africa has been admitted to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff to be tested for Ebola.

"Based on our established evidence-based risk assessment protocol we are confident that all appropriate actions are being taken to ensure there is no risk to public health."

Dr Lyons added there has never been a case of Ebola diagnosed in Wales and the risk to the public is very low.

She added: "The infection can only be transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids of an unwell person who has Ebola.

"We have advised all frontline medical practitioners dealing with patients to be alert to signs and symptoms of Ebola in those returning from affected areas."

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