Britain has had its first death from the killer Ebola virus.
58 year-old Colin Jeffrey was taken ill with a severe stomach ache and a raging temperature. After suffering symptoms for three days, an ambulance was called and Mr Jeffrey was rushed to hospital, where he died an hour and a half later.
Mr Jeffrey was the head of Union of Foreign Investors in Macedonia and was staying at the Super Osmica (Super 8) Hotel in the country’s capital Skopje when he was taken ill.
Staff and other guests at the hotel have been put into quarantine; health officials are investigating and said that Mr Jeffrey had travelled from London on Thursday, 2nd October with a colleague.
A colleague of Mr Jeffrey, Brit Michael English, was staying at the same hotel. He said of Mr Jeffrey: “He felt bad for two days. I was telling him to visit a doctor but he called ER only yesterday. He told me yesterday his hands were shaking. He has got a wife and three kids in Cambridge.”
Specimens taken from Mr Jeffrey have been sent to a special laboratory in Hamburg in Northern Germany and the results are expected some time this afternoon. In the meantime, the remaining 20 guests and 4 members of hotel staff remain quarantined and it has been reported that signs of disease are evident in some of the people. The emergency vehicle that took Mr Jeffrey to hospital has been disinfected and removed from service. Mr Jeffrey’s body remains in a special metal coffin in a disinfected room.