'Feverish' Colchester Hospital patient isolated as Ebola precaution

Colchester General Hospital
Image caption The patient arrived at the hospital having returned to the UK from east Africa via Amsterdam

A "feverish" man has been placed in isolation at a hospital in Essex as he undergoes a series of tests having returned to the UK from east Africa.

The man presented himself to the accident and emergency unit of Colchester General about 08:30 BST.

A spokesman said: "It is very, very, very, unlikely to be Ebola as he has not been to any of the countries where it is reported."

The hospital said he had been placed into isolation purely as a precaution.

Public Health England advised the hospital the man's "criteria" for having caught Ebola was "too low" for testing but added he should be tested for other diseases relating to time spent in African swamps.

The man, thought to be in his 50s, remains in isolation and has started a course of antibiotics where he is "stable and comfortable", said the hospital.

Ebola deaths

Figures up to 13 January 2016


Deaths - probable, confirmed and suspected

(Includes one in the US and six in Mali)

  • 4,809 Liberia

  • 3,955 Sierra Leone

  • 2,536 Guinea

  • 8 Nigeria


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