London Mayor Warns That Ebola Will Come to England

A national exercise to test Britain's readiness for an Ebola outbreak (PHOTO CREDIT: Andrew Fox/DoH)
A national exercise to test Britain’s readiness for an Ebola outbreak (PHOTO CREDIT: Andrew Fox/DoH)

Ebola will almost certainly hit London, Boris Johnson has warned.

The Mayor of London said he feared the disease, which has claimed more than 4,000 lives world wide, would come to Britain.

Airport screening, introduced for passengers from Ebola-hit African countries, is “far from perfect” without blood tests, he warned.

“I have no doubt, I have little doubt that eventually there will be a case of Ebola in this country and probably in this city.”

He added: “The idea of screening it at airports is far from perfect as a solution.”

“It’s one of those cases where we are at risk of seeming to promise stuff that doesn’t really make any sense. You can’t blood test everybody coming into the country.”

The comments follow a warning from Dame Sally Davies, the government’s Chief Medical Office, that cases will hit Britain.

“It will not be surprising if we have spillover into this country so I would expect a handful of cases in the next few months,” she said.

The Government has introduced the screening of passengers arriving at Heathrow, Gatwick and the Eurostar terminal in an effort to spot anyone displaying symptoms of the disease.

Teams equipped with thermal guns will take the temperatures of passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, asking them a series of questions about their possible exposure to the virus.

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SOURCE: The Telegraph UK
Matthew Holehouse

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