British citizen with Ebola arrives in London from Sierra Leone




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British citizen with Ebola arrives in London from Sierra LeoneLONDON (AFP) – A British nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone arrived in London by military plane on Sunday, BBC news reported.
The patient, who is not “seriously unwell” according to the Department Health, is to be treated at an isolation unit at a London .
A for Sierra Leone’s Ministry Health, Yahya Tunis, said the man was a volunteer nurse working in Kenema in eastern Sierra Leone, one the areas hardest hit by Ebola which has been quarantined.
“His colleagues are very sad the development as he is considered as a valued member,” Tunis said, adding that he was involved in “surveillance, contact tracing and the burial Ebola victims”.
The Briton is the first person the country to have contracted the virus in an outbreak that has killed at least 1,427 people in West Africa since March.[eap_ad_2]
The Department of Health said the victim was evacuated in a specially equipped C17 Royal Air Force military plane to RAF Northolt outside London.
The victim was to be taken in a military ambulance to Britain’s only specialist Ebola isolation unit at the Royal Free in London.
England’s deputy chief officer Professor John Watson insisted that the risk of the virus being spread in Britain remained “very low”.
“UK hospitals have a proven record of dealing with imported infectious diseases and this patient will be isolated and will receive the best care possible,” he added.
Ebola spreads through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person.
The Ebola epidemic has spread through , Guinea and Sierra Leone, while Nigeria has also been affected. is the worst-ever outbreak of the killer virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned could several months to bring the epidemic under control.[eap_ad_3]