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Sierra Leone Student Refused Accommodation In UK Over Ebola Fears

15/10/2014 14:09 BST | Updated 17/10/2014 16:59 BST
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Licensed clinician Margaret Chilcott removes her outer gloves before disrobing and sanitizing on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Anniston, Ala. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed an introductory training course for licensed clinicians. According to the CDC, the course is to ensure that clinicians intending to provide medical care to patients with Ebola have sufficient knowledge of the disease. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

A student from Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone who moved to the UK to study was refused accommodation over fears he might be carrying the deadly disease.

Amara Bangura had to spend weeks searching for somewhere to live after being told by two landlords he would be unable to stay at their properties.

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In one instance, the 35-year-old, who is due to study in Norwich, was told: "Given that the world is about to probably experience an Ebola epidemic, we have decided not to accept anyone that has been anywhere near the ebola outbreak within the last two months, or is likely to visit those areas in the near future."

The student, who has since found accommodation, told Newsbeat: "If you think everybody coming from Sierra Leone is affected, then that's just completely unfair."

Earlier this week, university cleaners were warned to watch out for blood and vomit in West African students' bedrooms, as fears the disease would spread to the UK grew.

Institutions have drawn up plans to monitor high-risk students, in particular those sharing bathrooms or kitchens, for up to three weeks.

But universities are also concerned students from these countries may be shunned or isolated due to fears of contracting the deadly disease.

More than 4,000 people in West Africa have died from the deadly Ebola outbreak, with scientists speculating the disease is likely to hit the UK in January.