Fleet Street Clinic
29 Fleet Street
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Commencing in August 2014, the Fleet Street Clinic took a leading role in supporting, educating and advising news media organisations in their coverage of the unfolding Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This included formal briefing seminars, practical instruction on personal protection, and training, support and consultation by video link for staff working in the field.
We also supported organisations with staff returning from West Africa, addressing and resolving concerns about re-entry into their normal daily environment, among family and co-workers.
The Fleet Street Clinic has a track record of delivering similar “ahead-of-the-curve” support through past public health emergencies, such as SARS, MERS, Avian Flu, and Zika.
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) belongs to a class of diseases called Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (VHFs). Other diseases in this category include Lassa fever, Marburg, and Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever.
Like other VHFs, Ebola infection constitutes an “all-out attack” on cells throughout the body, involving all body systems and with a correspondingly high fatality rate – up to 90%. Symptoms can include:
The onset of symptoms (incubation period) is typically 8-10 days following exposure – with a range from 2 to 21 days (so an illness occurring more than 21 days after the last possible exposure is not likely to be Ebola).
The 2014 outbreak was the first outbreak of Ebola to have occurred in West Africa, and the largest known outbreak of the disease. The affected countries were Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. The number of suspected cases exceeded 28,000, with over 10,000 known deaths.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is officially at an end. However, anyone travelling to areas previously affected by Ebola should be especially careful to avoid other causes of fever that might possibly give rise to alarm – such as malaria, other vaccine preventable diseases, and flu.
For further information and a consultation with an experienced member of our travel team, book an appointment here, or call us on 020 7353 5678.
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