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The Ebola virus: Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency to answer public's questions and concerns

The Ebola virus: Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency to answer public's questions and concerns

The Ebola virus: Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency to answer public's questions and concerns

Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency is encouraging those with concerns or queries about Ebola to get involved in a question and answer session online this afternoon.

Members of the public have been asked to log on to Twitter for a live chat with the agency's Assistant Director of Public Health - Dr Lorraine Doherty.

According to the agency, Dr Doherty will "answer questions" and "dispel some myths" about the deadly virus which has already ripped across several countries in West Africa.

Although there have been no cases of Ebola in Northern Ireland or indeed across the UK, just last week a Londonderry woman was assessed for the virus but found to be negative.

She was found not to have the virus, after attending Altnagelvin Hospital "feeling unwell".

Experts from London were consulted amid initial concerns the woman contracted the virus.

A spokeswoman for the Western Health and Social Care Trust said:

"The Trust worked closely with the Public Health Agency (PHA), as lead for communicable diseases.

"Following advice from the PHA and health experts in London it was determined that the patient would not have been in danger from contracting Ebola."

The Trust said the overall risk of Ebola in Northern Ireland "remains low".

Last week it was revealed soldiers from Northern Ireland are to be sent to Sierra Leone to help curb the Ebola outbreak which has spread through the country.

The soldiers travelling to Sierra Leone are based at Palace Barracks in Holywood, Co Down - belonging to the The Royal Scots Borders 1st Battalion.

The announcement came as Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency said it was preparing to tackle Ebola, should the deadly virus reach Northern Ireland.

The Public Health Agency says the risk to the public in Northern Ireland is very low.

The live chat will run from 1.30pm to 2pm on Twitter this afternoon. Questions can be submitted in advance using the hashtag #EbolaQA or email Ebolaqa@hscni.net

The agency's Twitter handle is @publichealthni

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Belfast Telegraph


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