Irish Minister for Health Leo Varadkar

Relax, No immediate Ebola threat in Ireland – Varadkar

The Irish Minister for Health Leo Varadkar

The Irish Minister for Health Leo Varadkar Photo Credit: Irish Times

The Irish Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has confirmed that there is no immediate threat or danger of an Ebola Ireland.

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He was reacting to the first case of Ebola in Britain. Pauline Cafferkey, 39, a nurse at Blantyre Health Centre in South Lanarkshire, was confirmed to have contracted the virus in Sierra Leone. She was part of a 30-strong team of medical volunteers deployed to Africa by the UK Government last month to treat the victims of the disease.

Dr Varadkar is quoted in the local media as saying: “It is important to point out this is a case of somebody who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone. It’s a returned aid worker. Nobody has actually contracted Ebola in Britain. Contract tracing is underway but as far as we know at this stage, there are no Irish people concerned or any people travelling on to Ireland on the flights concerned.

“In that sense we don’t believe there is any immediate threat or any immediate danger here in Ireland but we are of course in contact, on a daily basis, with the British and European authorities.

“I was informed of the case in Scotland yesterday. I understand the person concerned has now been moved to the Royal Free in London and I had a conference call with the chief medical officer this morning.”

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