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Patient tests negative for Ebola

A person with a "history of travel to West Africa" has tested negative for Ebola after being placed in isolation at a Welsh hospital.

The patient was admitted to Royal Glamorgan Hospital, near Llantrisant, under the "strict protocols" for the virus.

A spokeswoman for Public Health Wales said: "Public Health Wales can confirm that an individual tested for Ebola earlier today at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital does not have the disease.

"There may be other explanations for their symptoms for which tests are already under way. There is no reason to believe that there is any wider public health risk.

"We would once again like to reassure the public that all appropriate precautions have been taken to protect the patient, NHS staff and the wider community.

"We are unable to provide further comment on individual patients and therefore will not be issuing any further press statements on this case.

"It is important to remember that to date, only one case of Ebola has been identified in the UK and there has been none in Wales. The infection can be transmitted only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. The risk to the public from Ebola remains low."

Yesterday it emerged that the first safety trial of an experimental preventative Ebola vaccine is under way at a British university.

The Oxford Vaccine Group, part of the University of Oxford Department of Paediatrics, aims to have vaccinated 72 healthy adults by the end of this month.

Developers of the drug, the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, have now accelerated it due to the continued spread of Ebola in West Africa.

Since its outbreak the disease has claimed more than 8,000 lives across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

British nurse Pauline Cafferkey, 39, is critically ill with Ebola after returning from voluntary work in Sierra Leone.

Mrs Cafferkey, who was working with the charity Save the Children in Kerry Town, is currently being treated in isolation at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.

The UK's screening procedures for Ebola are being reviewed after it emerged the nurse had been cleared to fly from London to Glasgow despite her temperature being checked seven times when she landed at Heathrow.

She was admitted to an isolation facility at the Brownlee unit in Gartnavel Hospital, Glasgow, at 8am on December 29.

After a blood sample tested positive for Ebola, she was transferred by military plane to the Royal Free Hospital early the following morning.

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