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A 'handful' of ebola cases likely in the UK

The health secretary says it's likely there'll be a 'handful' of cases of ebola in the UK in the next few months.

Here are a number of ways people can help protect themselves from contracting the virus.

:: Hygiene is extremely important. Wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based sanitiser

:: Keep hands away from the face

:: Avoid contact with the blood and body fluids of anyone, especially someone who is sick, as it is through these fluids, such as vomit, blood and saliva that ebola is passed on

:: Avoid handling items that have been touched by that person or any of their body fluids

:: Do not touch the body of someone who has died from ebola.

:: The World Health Organisation says any areas that person may have had contact with, such as bed linen, should be disinfected

:: Do not touch bats and non-human primates or their blood and fluids, and do not eat raw meat prepared from these animals

:: Avoid travelling to countries where ebola is rife, such as Liberia and Sierra Leone

- Seek medical care immediately if you develop a fever (a temperature of 101.5F or 38.6C) or a headache, muscle pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain or unexplained bruising or bleeding

- Limit your contact with other people until and when you go to the doctor and do not travel anywhere else besides a healthcare facility.

Meanwhile, Passengers arriving in the UK after connecting flights from the countries worst-hit by the ebola outbreak are to have their temperatures taken as part of screening for the virus.

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