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Children given all-clear for Ebola following tests at Newcastle RVI; The youngsters were tested for the deadly disease at the Royal Victoria Infirmary after showing viral symptoms when they returned from Africa.

Byline: Michael Marsh

Two children tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Newcastle have been given the all-clear.

The precautionary tests at the city's Royal Victoria Infirmary have returned negative results, Public Health England confirmed.

The youngsters were being tested at the hospital's infectious diseases isolation unit, one of three units outside London able to care for patients with infectious diseases such as Ebola.

They had shown viral symptoms and spent time in Africa before coming to the UK. They were also checked for malaria during the tests on Thursday.

A Public Health England spokesman said: "We can confirm that the precautionary tests carried out on two children in Newcastle for Ebola are negative."

The Ebola virus has claimed more than 5,000 lives during the current epidemic in west Africa.

Some 100 people have been tested in the UK for the virus, with all of them receiving the all-clear.

The spokesman added: "The overall risk to the general UK population of imported Ebola continues to be very low."

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
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Date:Nov 29, 2014
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