Department of Health written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Iain McKenzie Iain McKenzie Labour, Inverclyde

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to screen all visitors entering the UK from West Africa for Ebola.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The World Health Organization recommends exit screening remains in place at airports in affected countries, which will identify anyone who is symptomatic before they leave the country. This is an important measure employed to minimise the spread to other countries.

The Secretary of State laid out the steps the Government is taking to screen visitors to the United Kingdom in relation to Ebola during his statement to the House on 13 October 2014, Official Report, columns 38-56.

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