Ebola: WHO Expert Infected

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday announced the first Ebola infection among its experts, describing the infected person as an epidemiologist who had been deployed to Sierra Leone.

According to AFP news agency the victim, a Senegalese was deployed to Sierra Leone to help battle the deadly virus bedeviling West African countries.

WHO said the patient was “receiving the best care possible” adding that it is considering the option of medical evacuation to another care facility if necessary.[eap_ad_2]

WHO’s maps of confirmed cases show the Ebola outbreak is limited to four West African nations — Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. So far, nearly 2,500 suspected cases have been reported killing a total of 1,427 people in what the WHO said is the worst known outbreak of the disease.

“WHO has sent 400 people to help battle the epidemic, more than 225 health workers have contracted the contagious tropical disease while treating people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, and 130 of them have died, the WHO said.

Meanwhile, a British healthcare worker who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is being flown to for treatment, the British Department of Health said in a statement made available to AFP.

“Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England confirmed that following clinical advice, a decision has been made to repatriate a British healthcare worker residing in Sierra Leone, who has been diagnosed Ebola virus disease,” the statement said.

England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor John Watson said the risk of the virus being spread in Britain is “very low”. Briton is the first person from the country to have contracted the virus in the current outbreak.[eap_ad_3]