In London, there are few options to fight the deadly virus: you can get the help you need at home or in the community, but if you get sick, you can be treated in hospital or by a community nurse.
This is how the government’s emergency response team works in London.
How you can help In addition to the national response, the UK Government has a number of local emergency response units operating in London, including one in Southwark, in the west of the capital.
The London Ambulance Service is also running a number in south-west London.
You can donate blood, use a mobile phone to text a friend, take a GP test, get a test kit or call 101 to report a new case.
But if you’re in a remote area, there is a limited number of specialist teams available to help.
Here are some of the things you can do to help in London: Get tested for Ebola How do I get tested for the deadly disease?
There are no tests for Ebola.
However, if you’ve had contact with someone who has Ebola, the first step is to get tested.
Get tested in a local GP’s practice, or in your GP’s clinic.
You may need to see a specialist to get your blood tested, which will be done by a team of doctors in a specialised laboratory.
If you have not been tested, you will be taken to a specialist clinic, where a doctor will give you a kit containing a test result.
If the result is negative, you may need more testing.
How do you get tested?
You can get tested at your GP or in a specialist lab.
If your GP can’t give you the test kit, you’ll need to call your local NHS hospital.
You’ll be asked to come in for an appointment.
The doctor will check your temperature, blood pressure and your body temperature to ensure you’re healthy.
If any of these tests are positive, you should be seen in the emergency department or in hospital, where you’ll be tested again.
The test will also show how your body is reacting to the virus.
The virus can be spread by direct contact with an infected person or by direct exposure to infected bodily fluids, such as blood.
Can I donate blood for the NHS?
If you’re at risk of contracting Ebola, you’re more likely to donate blood to the NHS if you have a family history of the disease.
You might have relatives who’ve tested positive, or if you live in the same area as someone who’s tested positive.
You could donate blood if you know they’re at high risk of infection.
However you can only donate blood during the outbreak.
If a person who’s at high-risk of infection doesn’t have an HIV test, they could donate any blood you receive.
Where do I donate?
If your blood is not tested, the NHS will send you a letter asking you if you’d like to donate.
If no one has tested you, you might need to give a sample to someone else.
If you donate blood at a clinic or hospital, you must be registered with the NHS.
The donor must be over 18 years old and the person donating must have been registered with their local health authority.
You may also need to provide a picture of yourself, and provide proof of your insurance or job.
If donating in person, you need to have a medical certificate to prove your age and your job.
Why should I donate if I’m at high or very high risk?
If someone has had a direct contact infection, you could be exposed to the Ebola virus and they might not have a test for Ebola, but you could still be at high and very high risks.
Your risk is higher if you: are a health visitor, visitor or visitor to a country where the outbreak is taking place, or have a close relative who has a direct exposure