UK holds crisis meeting on Ebola; warns of threat

This photo provided by the CDC shows an Ebola virus. (AP Photo/CDC)
This photo provided by the CDC shows an Ebola virus. (AP Photo/CDC)

LONDON (AP) — British officials held a crisis meeting Wednesday and warned of a potentially serious threat if the deadly Ebola virus spreads further.

WEST AFRICA EBOLAForeign Secretary Philip Hammond said there are no known cases in Britain, but that the incurable disease is viewed by the government as a possibly serious danger.

After chairing the government’s crisis session, he said it is “most unlikely” the disease would spread in Britain.

He said Britain had “frankly different” infection control systems compared to the countries where the virus has spread.

British health officials are being warned to be vigilant for symptoms of the virus. There are concerns it may spread from West Africa, where the current outbreak has already killed hundreds of people.

British public health official Dr. Brian McCloskey said the risk to British travelers and to Britons working in the countries affected is “very low” but that the outbreak isn’t under control. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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