Universities on Ebola alert

Ebola is spreading in western Africa and some UK universities fear students from affected countries might be at risk Photo: European Comission via Flickr

Ebola is spreading in western Africa and some UK universities fear students from affected countries might be at risk.
Photo: European Comission via Flickr

Universities in the UK are now on full alert as over 20,000 students from countries affected by Ebola may be at risk of contracting the virus.

Some institutions have made detailed plans to monitor students most likely at risk. Cleaners have also been warned to watch for blood and vomit that could have been caused by Ebola symptoms.

Last weekend the government held a national exercise to test the capabilities of the NHS to deal with Ebola cases in Britain. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said the exercise was very useful and that he felt “doubly reassured” that the health service is robust.

At the University of Lincoln, the risk is not seen to be high. A University of Lincoln spokesperson said: “The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has not affected the University of Lincoln, but we recognise the need to be vigilant. 

The welfare of all our students and staff is our upmost priority, and we continue to take advice from relevant authorities, including Universities UK which is in close contact with government officials and public health agencies.”

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