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World Health Organisation announces first staff Ebola infection

Published on Aug 24, 2014 9:59 PM
 
MSF medical workers put on protective clothing at an MSF Ebola treatment facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on Aug 15, 2014. The World Health Organisation on Sunday announced the first Ebola infection among its experts, describing the infected person as an epidemiologist who had been deployed to Sierra Leone. -- PHOTO: AFP

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

The WHO did not provide information about the sex, age or nationality of the person but said the patient was "receiving the best care possible".

The UN organisation said it was considering "the option of medical evacuation to another care facility if necessary".

Ebola has spread through Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, while Nigeria has also been affected, killing a total of 1,427 people since March. The WHO has sent 400 people to help battle the epidemic.

 
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