A possible case of Ebola is being investigated by health officials in the UK at the Colchester Hospital in Essex. Its urgent treatment center was in ‘lockdown’ as a result of the scare but was reopened today. The patient who returned to Britain from Africa is being tested for a number of viral haemorrhagic fevers, with results expected in the coming days. Symptoms of Ebola include fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhoea, a rash, and in some cases bleeding from the gums, or blood in the stools, according to the World Health Organization. There has never been a case of Ebola contracted in the UK. It’s a rare but severe disease that is often fatal in humans – case fatality rates have varied from 25 to 90 per cent in past outbreaks
. There were 28,616 suspected, probable and confirmed cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and 11,310 deaths. In early October, the UK Government told doctors to be on high alert for potential symptoms and to stock up on personal protective equipment in case Ebola was exported to Britain. In 2011 two people were infected in West Africa before travelling to the UK and both recovered. People who are infected with Ebola do not become contagious until symptoms appear, which is after an incubation period of between two and 21 days. The virus is less contagious than Covid-19, and instead spreads through contact with the blood, body fluids or organs of an infected person or animal. Uganda is currently in the grip of an Ebola outbreak which has caused 141 cases and 55 deaths since September 20.