British National Living in Sierra Leone Tests Positive For Ebola

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From an article in The Independent: “A British national living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus in the first confirmed case for a UK citizen, the Department of Health has confirmed.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the Ebola virus has claimed the lives of some 1,427 people since the disease was identified in Guinea in March and spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.  The current outbreak is the worst in history with around 2,615 people being infected with the disease.

Despite the continued spread of the disease health experts are keen to stress the overall risk to those in the UK “continues to be very low”.  Responding to the news that the first Briton with the disease was being treated, Professor John Watson, deputy chief medical officer, said: “Medical experts are currently assessing the situation in Sierra Leone to ensure that appropriate care is provided.

“We have robust, well-developed and well-tested NHS systems for managing unusual infectious diseases when they arise, supported by a wide range of experts.”  Further details on the sex, age and health of the patient were not immediately revealed.”

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