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Plane carrying British nurse with Ebola leaves Sierra Leone for Britain

Published on Aug 24, 2014 9:22 PM
 

FREETOWN (AFP) - A British nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is being flown back to London for treatment, officials said on Sunday.

The Department of Health in London said the patient was currently on a military plane flying home and, while not seriously ill, would be treated at an isolation unit at a London hospital.

A spokesman for Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health, Yahya Tunis, said the man was a volunteer nurse working in Kenema in eastern Sierra Leone, one of the areas hardest hit by Ebola which has now been quarantined.

“His colleagues are very sad over the development as he is considered as a valued member,” Tunis said, adding that he was involved in “surveillance, contact tracing and the burial of Ebola victims.”

Senior Matron Breda Athan demonstrates putting on the protective suit, which would be used if it becomes necessary to treat Ebola patients, at The Royal Free Hospital in London on Aug 12, 2014. A Royal Air Force plane carrying a British citizen who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone took off from the airport in the capital Freetown on Sunday, Aug 24, 2014, bound for Britain. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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