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Ebola outbreak: Manchester hospital patient tested

North Manchester General Hospital Image copyright Geograph: David Dixon
Image caption A patient is being tested for the Ebola at North Manchester General Hospital

A patient at a Manchester hospital is being tested for the Ebola virus, Public Health England has confirmed.

A spokesperson said the patient, who has a "history of travel to West Africa", is being kept in isolation at North Manchester General Hospital.

While Ebola is considered "unlikely", precautionary tests are under way.

No further details about the patient have been released. They will be monitored until the results of blood tests are known.

The patient is currently being treated in the specialist clinical infectious diseases unit at the hospital.

A Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust spokesman added the patient was "undergoing a series of tests following travel to West Africa, as a precaution one of which is for Ebola".

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