By @ Via http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/ebola-scotland-patient-fife-under-4986704#rlabs=17 other sources and my own words
This is a reminder yet again Ebola is not away, people are still dying in their thousands in West Africa. I am hearing there is a ‘rumoured’ case in Belgium also.
A SUSPECTED case of Ebola is being treated in a Scots hospital. The patient, believed to be a woman, recently returned from west Africa and began suffering from a fever. They were taken to the infectious diseases unit of the Western General Hospital inEdinburgh.
It’s understood the affected person is from Auchtermuchty in Fife and can reveal a SORT ambulance – Special Operations Recovery Team – was despatched to an address in the town on Thursday afternoon. Specialists in full protection suits and equipment collected the patient who was described as a “high possibility Ebola Case.” This means the patient had a fever and must have returned from an ‘outbreak’ country such as Sierra Leone or Liberia in the last 21 days.
Suspected Ebola Case Being Treated In Scotland
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The patient was then transferred to the RIDU – Regional Infectious Diseases Unit – at the Western General Hospital, in Edinburgh where a sample of blood was taken that was sent to a specialist laboratory at the Royal Infirmary for testing. It is understood that whenever a SORT ambulance is requested the Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland have to be notified. Unlike Nurse Pauline Cafferkey, from Blantyre, who was diagnosed at the end of last year, the Ebola case is not yet confirmed.
Melanie Johnson, Director of Unscheduled Care, NHS Lothian, said: “A patient who recently returned to Scotland from West Africa has been admitted to our Regional Infectious Diseases Unit (RIDU) at the Western General Hospital after they reported a raised temperature. “As a precautionary measure, and in line with agreed procedures, the patient will be screened for possible infections and will be kept in isolation.
“We have robust systems in place to manage patients with suspected infectious diseases and follow agreed and tested national guidelines.” A spokeswoman for NHS Fife added: “NHS Fife can confirm that a patient who recently returned to Scotland from West Africa has been transferred to the Regional Infectious Diseases Unit at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. “This is a precautionary measure and is established protocol.”
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “We are aware that, as a precautionary measure, NHS Lothian has admitted a patient, who has returned from West Africa. In line with agreed procedures, the patient will be screened for possible infections including Ebola and will be kept in isolation, again as a precaution. “Scotland has a robust health protection surveillance system which monitors global disease outbreaks and ensures that we are fully prepared to respond to such situations.”
Scottish Labour health spokeswoman Jenny Marra said: “NHS Lothian is right to take all the necessary precautions to check the health of this person and use isolation facilities. “These precautions are in the interests of the patient and the general public.”
Miss Cafferkey, 39, was the UK’s first confirmed case, having contracted the virus while volunteering at a medical centre in Sierra Leone. Diagnosed after returning to Britain, she was transported from Glasgow to an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Pauline, who is originally from Crossgates in Fife, is showing signs of improvement having been in a critical condition. Yesterday, a woman suspected of having Ebola tested negative for the disease at Northampton General hospital, and on Tuesday another suspected ebola case at North Manchester Hospital turned out to be a false alarm. And Stephen Powell, of Pontypridd South Wales, who was showing symptoms of the deadly virus was also given the all clear last week.
Although, the number of suspected Ebola cases is slowly growing in the UK, health chiefs have moved to avoid panic. Britain’s ‘Ebola scare’ is ‘low risk’, according to health chiefs as it can only be spread by direct contact with the bodily fluids of the infected person. It remains very unlikely that you will catch it.
Ebola starts with a flu-like illness which later develops into a high fever, severe headaches, muscle fatigue and chest pain. In about half of cases people can bleed from their mucous membranes, although its rarely heavy bleeding. You don’t bleed to death from Ebola, instead the disease shuts down your organs through fluid redistribution, low blood pressure and widespread clotting. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, such as blood, vomit or faeces. It has killed more than 7800 people, almost all in West Africa since the epidemic broke out a year ago.
Pauline Cafferkey contracted the deadly virus after going on a charity mission to Sierra Leone. She was diagnosed after returning to Glasgow having been allowed to travel back to her Cambuslang home via taxi before realising her symptoms. Pauline was initially admitted to Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital on December 29, then transferred to the Royal Free Hospital in London the following day. On January 12, the hospital released a statement saying that Pauline was showing signs of improvement and was no longer critically ill.
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