Children test negative for Ebola at North East hospital

The ebola virus
The ebola virus

TWO children who were tested for Ebola at a Newcastle hospital do not have the deadly virus.

The youngsters were checked for the virus as a precaution after arriving in the UK from Africa.

It’s understood the children, whose ages have not been released, underwent tests for both Ebola and malaria at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Public Heath England (PHE) said in a statement today: “PHE can confirm that the precautionary tests carried out on two children in Newcastle for Ebola are negative.

“The overall risk to the general UK population of imported Ebola continues to be very low.”

No imported case of Ebola haemorrhagic disease has ever occurred in the UK.

The recent outbreak in West Africa is thought to have claimed the lives of more than 5,600 people.