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Ebola: Sixth patient not showing symptoms of disease

The Royal Free Hospital is providing specialist care for Ebola patients Credit: PA

A sixth person brought back to the UK after being potentially exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is not showing any symptoms of the deadly disease, which has struck a British military healthcare worker.

The woman is being treated in a high-level isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London after returning to the UK yesterday in a RAF plane.

Four colleagues who came into contact with her have also been tested for the virus, but three were discharged from hospital today although they will continue to be monitored.

Public Health England (PHE) announced today that the sixth person who has now been evacuated is not connected to the other five.

The healthcare worker was potentially exposed to the virus via a needle-stick breach of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worn when treating patients, but is not showing any symptoms of the disease.

Ebola: Sixth patient flown to UK 'unrelated to other five'

The case of a sixth person returned to the UK over potential exposure to Ebola is not related to five military personnel brought to the country in recent days, Public Health England has said.

The latest individual - a healthcare worker in Sierra Leone - was identified as having potentially been exposed to the virus after receiving a needle-stick injury.

One confirmed Ebola patient is being treated at London's Royal Free Hospital in London.

Four others believed to have had contact with the patient have also been evacuated to the UK - with two assessed at the Royal Free and two assessed at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Sixth person flown back to UK over Ebola potential

A sixth individual - a healthcare worker - has been evacuated back to the UK after being potentially exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

The worker is not exhibiting symptoms of the disease and the incident is not related to that of five military healthcare workers brought back in recent days, Public Health England (PHE) said.

Colleagues of Ebola patient taken to Newcastle hospital

Two military healthcare workers who were in close contact with a servicewoman diagnosed with Ebola have returned to the UK for monitoring but are not showing any signs of the disease.

The two, who have not been diagnosed with the disease, travelled on separate EU Medevac flights to Newcastle, before being taken to the city's Royal Victoria Infirmary for monitoring over a 21-day incubation period in line with Ebola response plans.

The UK healthcare worker infected with Ebola was taken to hospital in London yesterday.

The pair were identified alongside two other medics as having been in contact with the infected worker.

The two medics and the infected worker were transported back in an RAF plane to the Royal Free Hospital in London yesterday, with the remaining two brought back today.

A spokeswoman for Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "This is a precautionary measure. The risk to other patients and wider public from Ebola is very low but all appropriate actions are being taken to protect the public's health."

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