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Oct 2014
Ebola outbreak
Thought it would be a good idea to mention the Ebola outbreak which is in the news. Everyone has probably heard about the current outbreak in West Africa. Ebola virus disease is a severe illness and can be fatal. It is important to be aware of the disease and its symptoms. Currently the three most infected countries are Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa. The first symptoms of the disease are fever, headache, sore throat, muscle weakness and malaise. These are followed by diarrhoea, vomiting, rash, and stomach pain.Peoplecan become infected with the Ebola virus if they come into contact with the blood, body fluidsor organs of an infected person. It is not spread through normal contact such as sitting next to someone or shaking hands. It is not possible to catch Ebola from a person who is not showing signs of being infected.The chances of catching Ebola are considered to be very low in the UK, unless you have travelled to an area infected by the virus. If you have the symptoms, and have travelled to West Africa, call 111 immediately. For more information about the disease, visit www.gov.uk/phe or www.nhs.uk/ebola
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