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British Ebola patient flown out of Sierra Leone

The RAF plane collected the British healthcare worker overnight. Credit: RTV

A British military healthcare worker who has tested positive for Ebola has begun her journey back to the UK for specialist treatment.

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed an RAF plane which landed in Sierra Leone is on its return journey with the unnamed patient on board.


Ebola patient being assessed on whether 'fit to fly'

An RAF C17 large military transport aircraft that was scheduled to land during the night, touched down in Sierra Leone shortly after 4am, the Foreign Office has confirmed. A member of the Royal Free Hospital was on board the plane to perform an assessment on whether the patient was "fit to fly".

A C17 large military transport aircraft. Credit: PA

The patient has been confirmed as having Ebola. The spokesperson would not comment on a claim in the Sun Newspaper that four other people may also be returning. She said that "contact tracing" had been done, meaning that it has been established who the patient had been in contact with. She said decisions on bringing others back to the UK would be made on a "case-by-case basis".

MoD confirms UK military health worker has Ebola

The Ministry of Defence has issued a statement after Public Health England revealed a UK military healthcare worker in Sierra Leone has contracted Ebola.

As Public Health England has confirmed, a UK military healthcare worker has tested positive for Ebola.

They are currently being treated in the Kerry Town Treatment Unit.

A clinical decision on whether the individual will be medically evacuated to the UK for treatment will be taken in due course.

Their next of kin have been informed and we will not be providing any further details at the current time.

Despite there being stringent procedures and controls in place to safeguard UK service personnel, there is always a level of risk in deployments on operations of this type.

– Ministry of Defence statement

Ebola patient may be transferred to UK for treatment

A British military healthcare worker diagnosed with the Ebola virus may be transferred back to the UK for treatment, Public Health England (PHE) has said.

The organisation said the unnamed worker was being assessed and a clinical decision on whether they would be "medically evacuated" would be taken "in due course".

In a statement, PHE added that officials were currently tracing any individuals in recent contact with the worker, with a view to assessing and potentially treating them.

An investigation is also underway into how the worker contracted the virus.

More than 9,500 people have died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa so far.

British nurses Pauline Cafferkey and Will Pooley both survived the disease, which has not killed any British nationals.


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.

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