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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.

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