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UK assessing results of Ebola outbreak simulation

Doctors, actors, local authority officials and senior politicians all rehearsed their roles.

A volunteer in protective suit looks on after spraying disinfectant outside a home in Waterloo, some 30 kilometres southeast of Freetown, 7 October 2014. Picture: AFP."

LONDON - The British government is assessing the results of a massive exercise carried out to simulate the Ebola virus reaching the UK.

On the day the government's chief medical officer admitted a handful of Ebola cases could reach Britain, a huge simulated crisis exercise was held in the north of England to rehearse a response to an outbreak.

Doctors, actors, local authority officials and senior politicians all rehearsed their roles for the moment if or when Ebola reaches the UK.

The health secretary held a mock emergency meeting this morning as the eight hour exercise developed, involving medical staff in full protective suits and actors playing the role of sick patients.

Meanwhile, an email leaked to the media where a senior consultant has criticised this screening programme for Ebola at Britain's two busiest airports and European Rail terminal, describing it as a "political gesture" claiming the case for such a policy doesn't stand up.

The medic also questioned why those carrying out the checks won't be in protective clothing.