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British Ebola victim evacuated from Sierra Leone

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 00:39

A British healthcare worker who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone is flown home for treatment. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A British healthcare worker who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone - the first Briton to catch the deadly virus - was flown home for treatment on Sunday (August 24), as the World Health Organization confirmed another foreign medic had caught the disease. Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond authorized the repatriation of the male medical worker - whose identity has not been disclosed - after he was analyzed by doctors from Britain and Sierra Leone. The worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever has so far killed at least 1,427 people, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and neighboring Guinea. Five deaths have been reported in Nigeria. Britain's Deputy Chief Medical Officer John Watson said final approval for the evacuation was given on the ground in Sierra Leone by a team of physicians who had arrived on a specially equipped Royal Air Force cargo plane. The Boeing C-17 left the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown bound for Britain at around 1250 GMT. Upon arrival at the RAF Northolt air base in Britain, he will be transported to an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London, the UK Department of Health said. The hospital has the only high-level isolation unit for treatment of infectious diseases in Britain and has a team of specially trained staff.

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British Ebola victim evacuated from Sierra Leone

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 00:39