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Medical workers wearing protective equipment at a media demonstration on dealing with possible Ebola patients. (AP)

Medical workers wearing protective equipment at a media demonstration on dealing with possible Ebola patients. (AP)

Medical workers wearing protective equipment at a media demonstration on dealing with possible Ebola patients. (AP)

STAFF and students at Trinity College have been warned of the dangers of the Ebola virus in an email circulated by university management.

The warning said that although the HSE maintains the chance of the deadly disease coming to Ireland is "low", Ireland's oldest university has established a "working group to monitor the situation".

The email, signed by Secretary to the College John Coman, stated: "As you will be aware, there is currently an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa affecting Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. There have been no cases in Ireland.

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"According to the Health Service Executive (HSE), the likelihood of a patient presenting in Ireland with Ebola virus disease remains low.

"Nonetheless, Trinity has set up a college working group to monitor the situation regarding a potential outbreak of Ebola in Ireland and to develop a plan of action should the need arise," the email stated.

It adds the HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Centre has devised guidelines for the public, which are available online.

A college spokesperson last night said the communication to staff and students was standard practice.

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