Patient tested for possible Ebola symptoms at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro

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Just one day after a healthcare worker in Glasgow tested positive for the deadly Ebola disease a patient in Truro Cornwall is being examined for symptoms of the disease that has left thousands in West Africa dead.

The patient in question is known to have travelled to an area considered to be at high risk from Ebola. The patient will be kept in isolation at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. The tests are believed to be precautionary.

The healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola in Glasgow had travelled to Sierra Leone, which is one of the three countries most affected by the epidemic.

Last night, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed she would be flown to London to be treated in a specialist unit at Royal Free Hospital in north London. The unit is the same one that successfully treated British nurse William Pooley, who recovered from Ebola.

Hunt chaired a meeting of Britain's emergency Cobra committee and said the government was doing "absolutely everything it needs to be" to keep the UK safe.

Alisdair MacConachie, of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, commented on the situation of the Glasgow patient:

She's being managed in an isolation facility by staff who are comfortable managing patients in such a situation. She herself is quite stable and is not showing any great clinical concern at the minute.

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