British woman is first volunteer to test new Ebola vaccine

A former NHS nurse has become the first Briton to test a potentially life-saving new vaccine to tackle the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

Ruth Atkins was injected with the experimental drug this morning at Oxford University.

If successful, it will be used to treat patients in West Africa where the worst ever outbreak has now killed more than 2,500 people.

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Suspected Irish Ebola victim named as father-of-one

The man found dead in Ireland's first suspected case of Ebola has been named locally as father-of-one Dessie Quinn, the Press Association has reported.

Neighbours say the 43-year-old, from the Doorin area of Co Donegal, may have been getting outpatient treatment for suspected malaria after returning from Sierra Leone.

The man's body has been transferred to Letterkenny General Hospital Credit: Google Maps

It is thought he had visited the west African country as part of work for a telecommunications company.

His body has been transferred to Letterkenny General Hospital, where it is being kept in the mortuary while medics await the results of a blood test.

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