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Doctors in Burton put on alert over Ebola

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 24, 2014

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DOCTORS in Burton have been put on alert over the deadly Ebola outbreak which has killed nearly 1,000 people in western Africa.

The NHS has warned GPs to be aware of the symptoms of the virus, which kills around 90 per cent of those it comes into contact with.

The warning comes as it was revealed a man in Ireland is thought to have died from the disease.

But West Midlands Public Health England said any spread to Britain was unlikely. A spokesman said: "Though it is possible a case could be identified in the UK in a person returning from an affected country, this is unlikely and there is no cause to panic. Even if a case was identified, there is minimal risk of it spreading across the general population as UK hospitals are well prepared to handle infectious diseases."

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