Patient undergoing tests for Ebola

Published: Wednesday 7th January 2015 by The News Editor

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A person with a “history of travel to West Africa” is in isolation at a Welsh hospital while undergoing tests for Ebola.

The patient has been admitted to Royal Glamorgan Hospital, near Llantrisant, under the “strict protocols” for the virus.

Dr Gwen Lowe, of Public Health Wales, said the public would be made aware if Ebola is confirmed in the patient.

“Public Health Wales can confirm that an individual with a history of travel to West Africa has been admitted to Royal Glamorgan Hospital under the strict protocols for possible Ebola,” Dr Lowe said.

“This means that all precautions in the transport and management of the patient have been adhered to and the individual is currently being cared for in strict isolation pending test results which are expected later today.

“Based on our established evidence-based risk assessment protocol, we are confident that all appropriate actions are being taken to ensure there is no risk to public health.

“It is important to remember that the infection can only be transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids of an unwell person.

“We continue to advise all frontline medical practitioners dealing with patients to be alert to signs and symptoms of Ebola in those returning from affected areas.

“Should there be a positive case in Wales, at any time, this information will be made available to the public.”

Owen Smith, MP for Pontypridd and shadow Welsh secretary, said: “I am being kept informed by the leadership of Royal Glamorgan Hospital of the facts of the situation, as they unfold.

“I know that the people of Pontypridd will be compassionate and understand the risk to public health is extremely limited.

“I would also like to extend my thanks to the hardworking staff of Royal Glamorgan Hospital, who will no doubt be giving their patient the very best care, as they endeavour to do for all patients.”

Published: Wednesday 7th January 2015 by The News Editor

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