Friday 13 December 2019

Two children undergoing tests for Ebola in Newcastle following arrival from West Africa

Ebola strain
Ebola strain

Two children are being tested for Ebola after arriving in the UK from Africa, Public Health England has said.

The children, whose ages are not known, are understood to be undergoing tests in Newcastle for Ebola and malaria.

A spokesman for PHE in the North East said it is "unlikely" the children have the disease but they are being tested as a precaution.

He said: "Due to uncertainty about where in Africa the children are from and when they arrived in the UK, as a precaution the children are being tested for Ebola and malaria.

"However the clinical and PHE risk assessment is that Ebola is unlikely. People who have been in contact with the children have been advised to continue as normal."

The test results are expected later today, the spokesman confirmed.

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