Ebola virus: ‘We should be more worried about viruses in the UK’ says infectious diseases expert

Virus Alert

An infectious diseases expert has revealed that there are diseases in the UK which pose more of a threat to the UK than the Ebola virus.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the world’s biggest and most widespread to date and Dr Chris van Tulleken also told This Morning that a case in London was “not impossible”.

Speaking to hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, he said: “It’s very interesting that we’re getting excited about it. Ebola has been going for many, many months. If we’re going to get excited about it there are many, many more diseases in our own country, that pose more risk, that’s what we should be worried about… It’s not impossible that we will see cases in London.”

However, when asked about the risks to the population Dr Chris said: “It’s not terribly contagious.

“It is a category grade 4 virus which means it’s both relatively easy to spread and extremely deadly if you get it.”

Dr Chris van Tulleken tells This Morning that diseases in the UK “pose more risk” than deadly Ebola
 

He added: “It’s not a very well understood virus but one of the major mechanisms is bleeding which leads to multi-organ failure.”

“The incubation period is from 2-21 days but it can happen very quickly.”

When asked why the virus is spreading in West Africa, replied: “It is extremely difficult to contain this kind of virus in that part of the world.”

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