Case of deadly Ebola-like viral disease detected in UK, health chiefs confirm

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A case of a deadly Ebola-like diseas has been identified in England, the UK Health Security Agency has revealed.

The Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever has was diagnosed at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is currently under care at Royal Free Hospital in London.

The risk to the public is very low as the woman is believed to have contracted the virus after travelling to Central Asia.

The virus, which experts believe is similar to Ebola, is usually found in countries such as Africa, the Balkans and areas of the Middle East and Asia.

These areas are where the disease has been found in an endemic state.

Dr Sir Michael Jacobs, consultant in infectious diseases at the Royal Free London, said: "The Royal Free Hospital is a specialist centre for treating patients with viral infections such as Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever.

"Our high level isolation unit is run by an expert team of doctors, nurses, therapists and laboratory staff and is designed to ensure we can safely treat patients with these kind of infections.”

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