Monday 18 November 2019

British military healthcare worker in Sierra Leone tests positive for Ebola

Freetown in Sierra Leone.
Freetown in Sierra Leone.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A British military healthcare worker in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus.

The man has not yet been named but is one of hundreds of British soldiers, sailors and airmen who have been working in the West African country since late last year in the fight against the disease.

Doctors are now deciding whether to evacuate the man back to the UK, Public Health England told The Telegraph.

A Public Health England spokeswoman told the newspaper:

 "We can confirm that a UK military healthcare worker in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola. Medical experts are currently assessing the situation to ensure that appropriate care is delivered. A clinical decision on whether the individual will be medically evacuated to the UK for treatment will be taken in due course.

“An investigation into how the military worker was exposed to the virus is currently underway and tracing of individuals in recent contact with the diagnosed worker is being undertaken. Any individuals identified as having had close contact will be assessed and a clinical decision made regarding bringing them to the UK.

"The UK has robust, well-developed and well-tested systems for managing Ebola and the overall risk to the public in the UK continues to be very low.

“No further information is being given at this time.”  

Other workers who have been in contact with the man are being traced.

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