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Two people test negative for Ebola

Two people in England and Wales have tested negative for Ebola after fears they may have caught the deadly virus.

A woman, who had a history of travel to West Africa, was admitted to St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, last night after complaining of a fever.

She was kept in isolation and closely monitored overnight in line with national health guidance, a spokesman for St George's Healthcare NHS Trust said.

Her test results for Ebola came back as negative today but she will continue to stay in hospital, he added.

Meanwhile, a man who visited West Africa was also tested for the disease after he was admitted to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen.

Public Health Wales (PHW) said it was investigating a "febrile illness" in a member of the public who had recently returned from the region.

A PHW spokeswoman said: "The individual has been admitted to hospital for assessment and has tested negative for Ebola. We will not provide further comment on individual patients.

"It is important to remember that to date, no cases of Ebola have been identified in the UK and the infection can be transmitted only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. The risk to the public remains low."

Public Health England (PHE) has not confirmed how many people have been tested for the virus in the UK since the outbreak in West Africa.

A PHE spokesman said: "We have advised all frontline medical practitioners and NHS call handlers to be alert to signs and symptoms of Ebola in those returning from affected areas and following such advice we would expect to see an increase in testing."

William Pooley became the first confirmed Briton to contract Ebola and was flown back to the UK in August, where he was treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

The 29-year-old has returned to Sierra Leone where he caught the infection to begin his second spell treating people infected by the deadly virus.

The death toll from Ebola has risen to nearly 5,000 people - mainly across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.


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