THE infectious disease unit in South Yorkshire has assured residents that they are prepared to manage any suspected Ebola cases within the region.

Advising on the infectious virus, the SYIDU has sent out guidelines to clinicians on how to treat a patient with the suspected illness.

A Public Health England statement said: “For people in the UK, there is no change in the current risk assessment which remains very low.

"No cases of imported Ebola have ever been reported in the UK and the risk of any traveller to West Africa contracting Ebola is very low without direct contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person."

Ebola - a form of viral haemorrhagic fever - has recently claimed the lives of over 900 people in African countries such as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

UK health authorities are confident in their ability to handle it should it make it into the country.