Ebola screening relaxed at Birmingham and Manchester airports

24 July 2015 (Last Updated July 24th, 2015 06:40)

The Public Health England (PHE) has relaxed screening for Ebola at West Africa to Birmingham and Manchester airports.

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The Public Health England (PHE) has relaxed screening for Ebola at West Africa to Birmingham and Manchester airports.

The agency cited that the risk of outbreak of Ebola has lowered leading to scaling back of screening.

As per the new arrangement, on-site screening teams will continue to monitor Heathrow and Gatwick airports where 90% of people from the affected countries arrive, but it will be removing specialist staff based from Birmingham and Manchester airports.

Both the airports will now have off-site telephone screening and risk assessment arrangements that are already in place at all other ports of entry to the UK.

The UK government highlighted that UK Border Force staff will continue to work with PHE at Heathrow and Gatwick to find out staff registered with the 'PHE returning workers scheme' who may have been at higher risk of being exposed to the deadly virus, and will refer them for screening.

PHE director for Health Protection Professor Paul Cosford said: "The risk of further Ebola cases being imported to the UK is now very low and continues to decrease due to the considerable decline in the scale of the epidemic in West Africa, the efforts of the global response to control the virus' spread, the control measures in place in West Africa and the low number of people entering the UK from affected areas."

The PHE port screening management teams have also come up with a contingency plans to re-establish screening operations at Birmingham, Manchester and London St Pancras airports in case of an emergency.


Image:Public Health England (PHE) is adjusting its Ebola screening arrangements. Photo: © Crown copyright.