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Immigrant centre has Ebola alert.

Byline: Annabel Walton Reporter

AFEMALE detainee who took ill at an immigration removal centre has been taken to hospital to undergo tests for the the Ebola virus.

e woman, understood to have arrived from Sierra Leone, was being held at Dungavel Detention Centre in South Lanarkshire.

A spokesman for NHS Lanarkshire said: "We are currently investigating a possible case of Viral Haemorrhagic Fever (Ebola).

"is is a precautionary measure and it would appear at this stage to be highly unlikely the patient will test positive for Ebola."

A Home Oce spokesman said: "We do not comment on operational matters."

So far, more than 1,000 people have died and almost 2,000 suspected, probable or conrmed cases have been recorded in west Africa since the outbreak was rst detected.

Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with the body uids of a person who is infected.

e could last another six months, Doctors Without Borders has said.

Meanwhile, a medical worker acknowledged that the true death toll is unknown. Tarnue Karbbar, who works for the aid group Plan International in northern Liberia, said response teams simply are not able to document all the cases erupting. Many of the sick are still being hidden at home by their relatives, too fearful of going to an Ebola treatment centre.

Others are buried before the teams can get to the area, he said. In the last several days, some 75 cases have emerged in a single district.

"Our challenge now is to quarantine the area to successfully break the transmission," he said, referring to the Voinjama area.

Many people may be hiding, but many are also nally beginning to seek treatment, as more centres open up.

Beds in such centres are lling up faster than they can be provided, evidence that the outbreak in West Africa is far more severe than the numbers show, Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, said.

ere are 40 beds at a treatment centre that Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF, recently took over in one F, recently took over in one F quarantined county in Liberia but 137 people have ocked there, pack-pack ing the hallways.

RACE FOR A VACCINE SCIENTISTS are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines.

But it will not be easy to prove that the shots and other potential treatments in the pipeline really work. There are no proven drugs or vaccines for Ebola. The outbreak in west Africa is fuelling new efforts to speed Ebola vaccine and drug development.

The handful in the pipeline have largely been funded by government, including one developed by the US government that is gearing up for early-stage tests in volunteers this autumn and a second developed by the Canadian government.


A health worker assists a colleague with his protective gear

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 16, 2014
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