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Edinburgh patient tests negative for Ebola

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A patient admitted to hospital in Edinburgh after recently returning from west Africa has tested negative for Ebola.

The age and sex of the patient is not yet known.

They were admitted to the regional infectious diseases unit at the Western General Hospital earlier on Monday.

NHS Lothian confirmed the patient had tested negative for the virus.

The health board had earlier said the person was being screened for possible infections and kept in isolation as a precaution.

Melanie Johnson, director of unscheduled care for Lothian and Borders health board, said: "We have robust systems in place to manage patients with suspected infectious diseases and follow agreed and tested national guidelines."

Pauline Cafferkey was the first Scot diagnosed with the disease after returning from working in Sierra Leone in December.

The nurse, from Cambuslang in South Lanarkshire, had volunteered with Save the Children at the Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Kerry Town.

She spent more than three weeks in a London hospital where she was critically ill for a time, but was released last month after making a full recovery.

Edinburgh's Western General Hospital dealt with a suspected case in January when a patient, reported to be a woman, was screened for infection after reporting a raised temperature after returning from west Africa, but tested negative.

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