UK health worker contracts Ebola

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Published: Wednesday 11th March 2015 by The News Editor

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A UK military healthcare worker in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola.

Public Health England (PHE) said the worker is being assessed by medical experts.

A PHE spokesman said: “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 under way 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 PHE spokesman added: “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.”

British nurses Pauline Cafferkey and Will Pooley both survived the highly-contagious disease after contracting it while treating patients in Sierra Leone last year.

More than 9,500 people have died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa but no British nationals are among the dead.

Published: Wednesday 11th March 2015 by The News Editor

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