Amidst the growing concern about the Ebola virus outbreak in US after the infection of 2 Americans, UK now reacts to an initial Ebola alert at Birmingham Airport. A man traveling from Nigeria was taken to the hospital after feeling feverish.
An official statement made by the UK Department Of Health stated that the man was out of danger and that he is not infected. The measure and the alert came in an attempt to protect “the public from infectious disease,” which was labeled as being “a priority”.
As the Birmingham airport alert proved to be of no worries for UK citizens, Philip Hammond announced that he will chair a Cobra emergency committee meeting in order to discuss the current Ebola virus outbreak. Border staff and health professionals are urged to remain vigilant for potential signs of the virus as fears are present that the outbreak can reach the country.
The news comes as a top doctor in Sierra Leone died while fighting against the outbreak and contracted the virus.
UK’s government chief scientific advisor declared that the infectious disease is a “global grand challenge”.