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Health workers returning from West Africa will not be quarantined

The Prime Minister has stated that he would consider backing a plea to introduce a compulsory quarantine for workers returning from Ebola stricken areas.

The virus takes around 21 days to incubate and is not considered a favoured method by healthcare professionals. Many believe that the strict measures would deter volunteers from heading to West Africa.

Pauline Cafferkey, the first person to test positive for Ebola on UK soil is currently being treated at the Royal Free Hospital, and is in critical condition – suggesting that this measure could be the way forward. David Cameron stated, “If the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) says we need a system of quarantine or anything like that, then we should put that in place,” he said. "But it is important to listen to the medical experts and then make the decision."

Mr Cameron commended the “incredible bravery” of all individuals who have volunteered to help those in West Africa who are suffering from Ebola.

BFI is hosting a Pandemic Planning Conference for Business & the Public Sector on 4th February in London. It is essential that organisations ensure their policies are up to date in light of the recent outbreak of the virus also, that their employees are comprehensively protected.

For full details & to book a place: http://www.bfi.co.uk/event-detail.asp?eventid=276