More than 160 NHS workers have answered a call to help battle the ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The Department of Health has confirmed that 164 health service staff have offered to help with the crisis so far, and the number is “going up all the time”, according to the Daily Mirror.
They volunteered after the chief medical officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, wrote to NHS employees last week encouraging them to help.
Doctors, nurses and paramedics are among the medical staff who will be needed to contribute towards efforts to tackle the crisis, she said.
On its online ebola information page, the government has said it is opening an ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone and is seeking staff to help in the emergency response.
A UK nurse who contracted the virus while volunteering in West Africa was discharged on 3 September after making a full recovery.
Doctors feared for Will Pooley’s life when he was airlifted out of Sierra Leone by the RAF, but he was successfully treated with the experimental drug ZMapp at the Royal Free London Foundation Trust.
This week the World Health Organization described current outbreak as “the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak in the history of the disease”.
Around 5,000 cases and 2,500 deaths have been reported in West Africa.
However, researchers have warned that unless ebola control measures are “enhanced quickly” more than 20,000 people may be infected by early November.
The prediction from experts at the WHO and Imperial College London comes in a research article published in the New England Journal of Medicine six months after the known start of the outbreak.