A woman with links to West Africa is undergoing a series of tests after she developed a fever.
The woman, who has not been named, visited St George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London, yesterday morning and was immediately admitted for tests.
A spokeswoman for the St George’s said: “A patient who came in last night with symptoms – a fever – and links to west Africa, is being tested for Ebola.”
Public Health England (PHE) is also involved, with a spokesman saying: “PHE can confirm it will undertake precautionary tests relating to a patient presently at St George’s hospital in Tooting, who has a history of travel to west Africa.
“Ebola is considered unlikely but testing is being done as a precaution, as is our usual practice in these circumstances. We are confident that all appropriate actions are being taken to protect the public’s health.
“It is important to remember that as yet, there has not been a case of Ebola diagnosed in the UK and the infection can only be transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids – such as blood, vomit or faeces – of an infected person.
“We have advised all front line medical practitioners and NHS call handlers to be alert to signs and symptoms of Ebola in those returning from affected areas and following such advice we would expect to see an increase in testing.”