Sierra Leone: WHO Doctor Infected with Ebola
A doctor with the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus.
The physician is in stable condition in Freetown and will be relocated shortly, the UN health agency said in a statement Monday.
To maintain patient confidentiality, WHO spokeswoman Nyka Alexander in Freetown said the agency won’t provide details on nationality or where the person is going for treatment.
The doctor was working at the Ebola treatment centre in the Kenema Government Hospital, which is run by Sierra Leone’s health ministry.
The physician had symptoms on Saturday that were confirmed yesterday as Ebola, and the evacuation is scheduled for today, Alexander said.
To ensure the safety of those inside the hospital, WHO recommended to the health ministry that new admissions be limited while an investigation is launched.
“Every time a health-care worker is infected, it’s very worrisome,” Alexander said.