Scotland has recorded its first case of Ebola. A health worker in Sierra Leone who just returned arrived with the infection. The Scottish health agency released a statement assuring the citizens that it is well under control.
"The patient was admitted to hospital early in the morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 7.50 a.m.,” the statement said.
“All possible contacts with the patient are now being investigated and anyone deemed to be at risk will be contacted and closely monitored. However, having been diagnosed in the very early
stages of the illness, the risk to others is
considered extremely low."
"Scotland has been preparing for this possibility from the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa and I am confident that we are well prepared,"
Nicola Sturgeon, current First Minister of Scotland said in a statement today.
"We have the robust procedures in place to identify cases rapidly. Our health service also has the expertise and facilities to ensure that confirmed Ebola cases such as this are contained and isolated effectively minimizing any potential spread of the disease."
"Scotland's NHS has proved it is well able to cope with infectious diseases in the past, such as swine flu, and I am confident we will be able to respond effectively again,” she added.