Second patient brought to Royal Free over Ebola concerns

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Second patient brought to Royal Free over Ebola concerns

A second British military health worker has been flown back to the UK after “likely exposure” to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone as a precautionary measure.

London Live’s Alison Earle joined the Evening News to discuss the news.

The patient, who is yet to be named, has not been diagnosed with Ebola and has not shown symptoms of having the virus.

However, they will be monitored for 21 days by staff at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead and regularly checked for signs of Ebola.

It follows another military health worker who was sent to the UK on Saturday, who is also at the Royal Free.

Both patients are thought to have been exposed to the virus following a needle-stick injury in Sierra Leone.

A needle-stick injury is a piercing of the skin by a sharp object, for instance - as the name suggests - a needle.

They are considered to pose one of the most dangerous risks of infection as the object could deliver the virus directly to the bloodstream.

Professor Paul Cosford of Public Health England said: “"We would like to emphasise that there is no risk to the general public's health.”

Mark Francois, the Minister for the Armed Forces, said the two cases were coincidental and appear to be unrelated.

He also said the health workers were being flown to London to be on the safe side: “This is entirely a precautionary measure and our priority is the wellbeing of the individual involved.

"Their family has been informed and will receive all possible support from the government."

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