Ebola: NHS hospitals put on standby

an graphic representation of the ebola virusHospitals on standby as health officials admit ‘real risk’ Ebola could reach British shores and Prime Minister convenes emergency Cobra committee to discuss the threat. Major NHS hospitals across the country have been put on standby, as health officials warn of a “real risk” that the deadly Ebola virus could spread to Britain.

The Prime Minister will convene a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergency committee on Wednesday morning to discuss the growing threat to the UK from the spread of Ebola. It comes after a Spanish nurse became the first person to contract the disease outside Africa, and as the United States drew up plans to screen arrivals for the virus.

On Tuesday, public health officials in this country ruled out such a move.

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