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Sierra Leone's Vice President in Ebola quarantine

Nearly 10,000 people have died during the Ebola virus outbreak. Credit: Reuters/Baz Ratner

Sierra Leone's vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death of one of his security guards from Ebola.

Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana is set to become acting president later today when President Ernest Bai Koroma leaves Sierra Leone to attend a European Union conference on Ebola in Belgium.

Mr Sam-Sumana will carry out his duties as president from his home.

He is the highest ranking African official to be in quarantine in this Ebola outbreak, which has killed around 10,000 people.

Mr Sam-Sumana voluntarily decided to quarantine himself for 21 days following the death of one of his security personnel.

He called on all those who have been in contact with the dead man to also put themselves in quarantine.

Ebola nurse pays tribute to the medics who saved her life

The British nurse who was on the brink of death from Ebola, left hospital tonight saying she is "happy to be alive."

Pauline Cafferkey spent almost a month in a special isolation unit in London, after the disease struck when she returned from voluntary work in Sierra Leone.

Now completely free of the virus, she paid tribute to the hospital staff who saved her life.

Rebecca Barry reports.

David Cameron praises 'brave' British Ebola nurse

Prime Minister David Cameron has praised nurse Pauline Cafferkey for her bravery following her complete recovery after contracting the Ebola virus.

Mr Cameron said it was "great" seeing her look so well after her battle with the disease.


Scottish nurse out of hospital and free from Ebola

Pauline Cafferkey contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and spent three weeks in hospital. Credit: PA

Scottish nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has made a complete recovery and been discharged from hospital.

Pauline Cafferkey is now free of the virus after more than three weeks in hospital, where she was critically ill for a time.

She said she is "happy to be alive" and thanked staff at the Royal Free Hospital in London who she said saved her life.

I feel quite weak, but I'm looking forward to going home. I want to say a big thank you to the staff who treated me... They saved my life."

– Pauline Cafferkey

Ms Cafferkey was diagnosed with Ebola after returning to Glasgow and was initially admitted to the city's Gartnavel Hospital on December 29th, then transferred to the Royal Free the following day.

The nurse, from Cambuslang in South Lanarkshire, had volunteered with Save The Children at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerry Town before returning to the UK.

Public Health England reviewing Ebola screening tests

Pauline Cafferkey is being treated for Ebola at the Royal Free Hospital. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

Officials from Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland are reviewing the UK's screening procedures for Ebola.

The review comes after it emerged nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who is being treated in a London hospital for the illness, had been cleared to fly from London to Glasgow despite her temperature being checked seven times after she landed at Heathrow.

Ms Cafferkey was admitted to an isolation facility at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital on 29th December.

After a blood sample tested positive for Ebola, she was transferred by military plane to the Royal Free Hospital the following day. Her condition deteriorated in the new year and remains critical.

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