Scotland fears COP26 brought cases of killer Ebola virus to Glasgow – 'Big worry'

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Scotland fears COP26 brought cases of killer Ebola virus to Glasgow – 'Big worry'

NHS Scotland has issued a warning in the region for a possible spread of viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs), such as Ebola, as people from around the

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NHS Scotland has issued a warning in the region for a possible spread of viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs), such as Ebola, as people from around the world gather in Glasgow for the climate summit. Medical staff in Scotland received an urgent memo asking them to be prepared for eventual cases of “travellers from the Tropics presenting with fever,” The Scottish Sun reports.

As of now, an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokesman reassured that the memo was only a preventive alert making sure staff all have received a VHF protocol.

“It is important to stress that there have been no reports of tropical infections associated with the event,” he said.

“In line with standard public health protocols, our Infectious Diseases team has reminded staff to be aware of infections, given the large number of countries COP26 delegates come from.”

Around 30,000 people are currently attending the conference including guests who come from countries where VHFs are tragedies.

Viral haemorrhagic fevers include Ebola Virus Disease, Marburg Virus Disease, Lassa Fever, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, and Haemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome, according to Health Protection Scotland.

The memo said the infectious diseases service was “available 24/7 to discuss these patients.”

“We now also have an agreement that the ID Service will have an ability to admit suitable patients from across the Health Board to ward 5C at QEUH if required after discussion with ID on call,” it read.

“It is vital that we discuss these patients first as we will need to risk assess them for high consequence infectious disease as this would require a different admission pathway.

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Should a guest at the conference be diagnosed with Ebola, the person would only be hospitalised for a “short time” in Scotland.

They would then be transferred to the UK’s only high-level isolation unit at London’s Royal Free Hospital.

A COP26 spokesperson said: “We are working with the relevant health authorities and have rigorous measures in place to make sure COP26 is a safe event for all in attendance.”



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