Northwick Park Hospital is treating air passengers showing signs of Ebola
PUBLISHED: 17:05 05 January 2015 | UPDATED: 17:23 05 January 2015
Air passengers arriving at Heathrow Airport from Africa are being transferred to Northwick Park Hospital if they show early signs of Ebola.
A person infected with Ebola virus will typically develop a fever, a headache, joint and muscle pain, a sore throat, and intense muscle weakness.
These symptoms start suddenly between twoand 21 days after becoming infected.
Diarrhoea, vomiting, a rash, stomach pain and impaired kidney and liver function follow.
The patient then bleeds internally, and may also bleed from the ears, eyes, nose or mouth.
Ebola virus disease is fatal in 50-90 per cent of cases. The sooner a person is given care, the better the chances that they will survive.
Anyone who needs to be placed under observation or require further tests will be treated at the medical centre in Watford Road, Sudbury.
However passengers who are deemed to be high risk or show definite traits of the potentially fatal virus will be sent to The Royal Free Hospital.
The hospital in Hampstead is the only one in the country which has two beds dedicated to treating Ebola victims.
Tina Benson, director of operations at Northwick Park Hospital, said: “Patients screened at Heathrow Airport who require further tests and observation are transferred to Northwick Park Hospital.
“There is not a walk-in service at the hospital, patients who are worried about symptoms should call NHS 111.”
British nurse Pauline Cafferkey is currently being treated at The Royal Free after she contracted the disease while volunteering in Sierra Leone.
She is in a critical condition.
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