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Feverish' Colchester Hospital patient isolated as Ebola precaution

 
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Feverish' Colchester Hospital patient isolated as Ebola precaution
A "feverish" man has been placed in isolation at a hospital in Essex as he undergoes a series of tests having returned to the UK from east Africa.

The man presented himself to the accident and emergency unit of Colchester General about 08:30 BST.

A spokesman said: "It is very, very, very, unlikely to be Ebola as he has not been to any of the countries where it is reported."

The hospital said he had been placed into isolation purely as a precaution.

Public Health England advised the hospital the man's "criteria" for having caught Ebola was "too low" for testing but added he should be tested for other diseases relating to time spent in African swamps.

The man, thought to be in his 50s, remains in isolation and has started a course of antibiotics where he is "stable and comfortable", said the hospital.

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I have just returned from Liberia with a group of physicians and health activists. We are heading back in a few days. The country is in the midst of the largest ever epidemic of Ebola haemorrhagic fever. Its an acute and brutal affliction. Ebola is a zoonosis it leaps from animal hosts to humans which is caused by a filovirus (a thread-like virus that causes internal and external bleeding). It was first described in 1976 in rural Congo, not far from the Ebola River, as an acute-onset syndrome characterised by complaints of weakness, followed by fever and abdominal pain. Patients became dehydrated as a consequence of fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. Many became delirious and started to haemorrhage from the mouth, nose, vagina, at sites where intravenous lines had been placed, even from the eyes... [link to www.lrb.co.uk]





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