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Ebola has become a cause for great concerns in Britain, after airport screening tests have failed to diagnose a person who was infected with the hemorrhagic fever virus. Even so, Britain’s prime minister said that the country has proper arrangements for screening people for the virus.
After nurse Paulin Cafferkey entered the country and was allowed to fly from London to Glasgow even though she was infected, people have been under a lot of uncertainty.
The prime minister, David Cameroon, said that he demanded for an emergency Cobra meeting on Monday to discuss the situation and asked medical experts if there have to be taken more screening measures. He mentioned that in case of uncertainty, suspected persons should be taken to Northwick Park Hospital in Middlesex, to be checked.
Ms Cafferkey, was working as a health volunteer in Sierra Leone. She was diagnosed with the virus in December, after arriving from Africa. When arriving in the UK she seamed concerned about her temperature, and mentioned that to the officials. But after the screening she was allowed to continue her flight to her homeland, Scotland. The next day she was diagnosed with Ebola and now she is in critical condition. At Heathrow airport her temperature was taken six times at an interval of 30 minutes. Each test found her temperature to be normal.
Asked whether airports screening are working or not, the prime minister said:
“What I have said very clearly is that we should have a precautionary principle in place.”
He mentioned that if medical experts will demand for a system of quarantine he would take care of it to happen, adding that he was thinking of nurse Cafferkey and her family during this difficult time.
The hospital where Ms. Cafferkey has been taken said that her condition has gotten worse and now she is in a life threatening condition.
Ms. Cafferkey has been given an experimental drug and blood against the virus, from patients who survived the disease. This is hoped to strengthen her immune system to beat the virus.
This is the second case of Ebola in the UK. In September, William Pooley, another nurse returning from Africa who had been infected. But luckily after receiving treatment at the Royal Free Hospital in London, he got cured.
According to officials from the Health Protection Scotland, they have spoken to all 71 person who were on the same plane as Ms. Caffekey, from London to Glasgow.
Image Source: The Independent