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Is UK at risk from Ebola? SARS expert warns threat comes from those 'working in West Africa'

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Watch the full episode here: http://bit.ly/ZTlr9G Sian Griffiths, who chaired the Hong Kong committee into SARS, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about the risks of ebola. She thinks in the long term, to control the disease, there needs to be better medical infrastructure, education, and sanitation in West Africa, but in the short term there needs to be focus on the disease to stop the current outbreak. There will be problems building the healthcare systems in countries like Sierra Leone because it is starting from a low base. She believes that this could change attitudes towards investment in healthcare, due to the destabilising effect that ebola has had. She warns that the threat to the UK would come from those working in West Africa, and key in prevention is making sure that any health care workers heading out are well trained. She says that the risk must be constantly assessed, looking at how many cases there are, where they are, what measures we have in place, and make a judgement on what measures we need to take. And she says that whilst the risk is low, we need to ‘at all times, be vigilant.’ LIKE Going Underground http://fb.me/GoingUndergroundRT FOLLOW Going Underground http://twitter.com/Underground_RT FOLLOW Afshin Rattansi http://twitter.com/AfshinRattansi FOLLOW on Instagram http://instagram.com/officialgoingundergroundrt