Voice of America (Washington, DC)

24 August 2014

Sierra Leone: British Citizen Sick With Ebola Evacuated From Sierra Leone

A British citizen who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is being evacuated to Britain.

Health officials say the healthcare worker is being flown on a Royal Air Force plane to an air base in Britain. From there he will be transported to the Royal Free Hospital in London, where he will be treated isolation.

Few other details about the man have been released, but officials say he is not seriously sick at the moment.

British officials say every precaution will be taken to ensure the virus does not spread.

Earlier this month, two American aid workers infected with Ebola in Liberia were flown to the United States for treatment. They have both recovered from the virus. Each received the experimental drug ZMapp, which doctors say is still not known to be a effective in fighting the Ebola virus.

Last week, Sierra Leone last week adopted a law that include prison terms for anyone who hides an Ebola patient.

The World Health Organization reports 1,427 people have died from the Ebola virus during the current outbreak. It also said that as of Friday there were 2,615 confirmed cases in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected person.

The disease causes fever, vomiting, diarrhea and uncontrollable bleeding through bodily openings, including the eyes, ears and nose. Previous outbreaks have had a death rate of up to 90 percent, although the death rate in the current epidemic is closer to 50 percent.

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