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  • 16 August 2014, 8:07

Immigration Detainee Tests Negative For Ebola

A female detainee who became ill at an immigration removal centre in South Lanarkshire has tested negative for the ebola virus.

The woman, understood to be from Sierra Leone, had been tested as a "precautionary measure" while being held at Dungavel Detention Centre in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

NHS Lanarkshire said on Friday it was "highly unlikely" the woman had the disease, but the Home Office suspended the release of any detainees being held at the centre until the result of the test was known.

Last month, an athlete from Sierra Leone competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was also tested and found to be clear of ebola.

The test comes amid growing international concern about the ebola outbreak in West Africa.

More than 1,000 people have died and almost 2,000 suspected, probable or confirmed ebola cases have been recorded there.

Health experts say they are struggling to contain the epidemic, which started in Guinea last March and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

The situation has been described as like being in "wartime" and the charity Medecin Sans Frontieres said if the situation in Liberia is not brought under control then the region will never be stabilised.

Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is infected.

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