News ID: 237263
Published: 0628 GMT January 13, 2019

Doctor reveals European cities at risk of Ebola virus after suspected case

Doctor reveals European cities at risk of Ebola virus after suspected case

Ebola is a deadly virus infection that originated in Africa, and was responsible for a large outbreak in 2014. The European cities most at risk of Ebola symptoms have been revealed, after news of an outbreak scare in Sweden. Is the UK at risk of Ebola?

Ebola is a viral disease that can be fatal if left untreated, and can be transmitted by infected animals, said the NHS, wrote.

Fruit bats are believed to be the original hosts of the Ebola virus, which were introduced to humans through close contact.

Common Ebola symptoms include a very high fever, fatigue, muscle pain and headaches. Left untreated, it can lead to impaired liver function, bleeding, and diarrhoea.

After a man in Sweden was being tested for the Ebola virus last week, the European cities most at risk of an Ebola outbreak have been revealed.

That’s because of their close links with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

DRC is in the middle of a five month-long outbreak of Ebola, that’s caused more than 360 deaths.

But, the risk to the UK is currently very small, and there isn’t any need for specific health measures, he said.

“There is a small risk that the Ebola outbreak in DRC might spread to Europe via infected passengers,” Woo said.

“With their close links with DRC, the European capitals most likely to report a case would be Brussels and Paris.

“If there were to be a reported case in either city, Ebola surveillance would be stepped up in UK.

“Meanwhile, the evolving Ebola outbreak needs to be closely monitored, but there is no need for any specific health measures to be taken in UK at the present time.”

Swedish health officials have revealed tests on the suspected Ebola patient came back negative, and the man does not have the deadly virus.

He had been taken to hospital after displaying potential Ebola symptoms, including vomiting blood.

Meanwhile, the Ebola outbreak in DRC is the tenth since 1976, but the first time it’s spread as far northeast, said Woo.

If you think you have the Ebola virus, you should call NHS 111 or contact your GP as soon as possible, said the NHS.

It’s very unlikely that you have Ebola, but it could be caused by another serious condition, including cholera or malaria - especially if you’ve been travelling.

The virus is spread by directly touching the body of someone with the infection who has symptoms.

If you do travel to an area that’s been reported to have the Ebola virus, you should regularly wash your hands to avoid infection.

Similarly, wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly before eating them, and avoid handling dead animals or their raw meat.

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