In a statement, Colchester Hospital said one clinical site was temporarily closed “due to an infection control issue” but the center was operational as of 7am.

“We would like to thank all our patients and staff for their support when we were forced to temporarily close a clinical site at Colchester Hospital to new patients yesterday afternoon. This is because of the infection control issue. The center is now fully open,” the hospital said.

Dr Meera Chand, UKHSA’s director of clinical and emerging infections, added: “Individuals who have recently traveled and reported illness are routinely assessed at NHS clinics for a range of infectious diseases.

As well as Ebola, the patient is believed to be being diagnosed with several other hemorrhagic fevers, including Lassa fever and Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever, which were identified in Britain in February and March.

The Telegraph understands that it will take a few days for the test results to come out.

Fears of the unknown spread

Ebola transmitted by body fluids – It was found for the first time in Uganda at the end of September. Since then, 163 confirmed and suspected cases have been identified in nine regions, including 77 people – including six healthcare workers.

Over the weekend, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said the rate of infection was slowing – although three cases unrelated to the known patients emerged in a region 150 miles from the main epicenter, where the virus can spread undetected.

The outbreak was caused by a relatively rare strain of the Ebola virus known as the Sudanese strain, which has not been reported since 2012.

While there are currently vaccines against the more common Zaire strain, which have helped curb several recent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these are not effective against the virus currently spreading in Uganda.

Health authorities are now racing to conduct trials of three vaccine candidates – including one developed by the University of Oxford, using the same technology as Covid-19 in Japan. On Wednesday, the World Health Organization announced that the test vaccines would arrive in Uganda next week.

People infected with Ebola are not contagious until symptoms appear, which is between two and 21 days after the incubation period.

The virus is less contagious than Covid-19 and is instead transmitted through blood, body fluids, or contact with the body parts of an infected person or animal. The main symptoms are fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhea.

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