‘Muchty woman in Ebola scare

The patient was transferred under escort
The patient was transferred under escort

A patient from north east Fife has tested negative for the deadly virus Ebola.

The patient is thought to be a woman from Auchtermuchty who had recently returned from West Africa and reported feeling feverish.

However, NHS Lothian would not confirm whether the person was a man or a woman.

A convoy was seen escorting an ambulance on the A91 at shortly before 5pm on Thursday afternoon.

It then travelled south on the M90 to the Western General Hospital where tests were carried out.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The individual was transferred by the Scottish Ambulance Service to hospital on Thursday afternoon.

“As the individual had recently returned from one of the West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak and felt unwell, they were tested for Ebola and other infections as a precaution. A blood sample was taken and tested at the viral haemorrhagic fever testing facility in Edinburgh and found to be negative for Ebola.

“Scotland has a robust health protection surveillance system which monitors global disease outbreaks and ensures that we are fully prepared to respond to such situations.”