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Passengers entering UK to be screened for Ebola at airports

VIRUS: Enhanced screening for Ebola will be introduced at Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Eurostar terminals

'ENHANCED SCREENING' for Ebola will be introduced at Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Eurostar terminals.

Ministers initially said there were no plans to screen new arrivals, but have changed their mind following advice from the chief medical officer.

The screening will be introduced for passengers travelling from the affected regions - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - to give the UK an additional level of protection from the deadly virus.

The tests will involve assessing passengers' recent travel history, who they have been in contact with and onward travel arrangements as well as a possible medical assessment conducted by trained medical personnel.

A Downing Street spokeswoman added that screenings had already been in place in the West African nations impacted by the disease, and measures going beyond enhanced screening will be "kept under review."

"As the chief medical officer's advice makes clear, these measures will help to improve our ability to detect and isolate Ebola cases.

"However, it is important to stress that given the nature of this disease, no system could offer 100 per cent protection from non-symptomatic cases," she added.

She also stressed that the overall risk to the public in the UK is "very low" and the country benefits from some of the best public health protection systems in the world.

Ebola - a deadly virus spread is spread by contact with the bodily fluids of infected people - has already killed more than 3,000 people and infected more than 7,200 - mostly in West Africa.

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