Ebola confirmed in Edinburgh

The Ebola epidemic has been confirmed to have spread into Edinburgh after a death of a young woman was discovered.

Edinburgh Royal infirmary has issued a statement saying a patient was admitted with symptoms of the virus who later died.

Angela Todd (28) died on Tuesday 2nd October after being admitted to the hospital.  Her Fiance, Victor Cross (28), who had just proposed to her the previous evening, said that morning he had found her vomiting blood and bleeding from every orifice.

“She had said she wasn’t feeling well but the sudden onset from a bit ill to dead was horrific.”

Miss Todd was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after admittance.

Public Health officials quickly enacted quarantine protocols, Mr Cross was put into quarantine for observation.  Official have asked that the public remain calm and follow guideline for identifying and protecting themselves from infection.

Symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) include:

  • Fever
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after contact with the virus, with an average of 8 to 10 days. Many common illnesses can have these same symptoms, including influenza (flu) or malaria.

If you experience these please contact the emergency services, do not attend surgeries or hospitals directly as this could increase infection opportunities.

While the protocols are in place, it is important to avoid the following:

  • Contact with blood and body fluids (such as urine, feces, saliva, sweat, vomit, breast milk, semen, and vaginal fluids).
  • Items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids (such as clothes, bedding, needles, and medical equipment).
  • Funeral or burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who died from EVD.
  • Contact with bats and nonhuman primates or blood, fluids and raw meat prepared from these animals (bushmeat) or meat from an unknown source.
  • Contact with semen from a man who had EVD until you know the virus is gone from the semen.

There is no known vaccine for the virus, though various treatments have been developed that can assist in recovering from the virus.

The Envoy implores all residents of Edinburgh to protect themselves and follow the guidelines provided by Public Health.