BERLIN Aug 27 An employee of the World Health
Organisation (WHO) who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone will be
flown to the German city of Hamburg for treatment, a spokesman
for the city said.
Rico Schmidt, spokesman for the Hamburg Health Senate, said
the patient would arrive later on Wednesday and be treated at
Hamburg university clinic's tropical medicine institute. The WHO
in Geneva said the patient was a Senegalese epidemiologist.
One of the deadliest diseases known to man, Ebola is
transmitted by contact with body fluids and the current outbreak
has killed at least 120 healthcare workers.
The WHO has deployed nearly 400 of its own staff and partner
organisations to fight the epidemic of the highly contagious
hemorrhagic fever, which has struck Sierra Leone, Liberia,
Guinea and Nigeria.
On Tuesday, it said it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone
after a Senegalese medic there became infected.
At least 1,427 people have died and 2,615 have been infected
since the disease was detected deep in the forests of
southeastern Guinea in March.
(Reporting by Reuters television, writing by Alexandra Hudson;
Editing by Crispian Balmer)