UK military health care worker has Ebola, officials say

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Posted: Mar 11, 2015 2:07 PM

LONDON (AP) — A British military health care worker in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, British health care officials said Wednesday — the first known case of a British military worker contracting the disease.

Britain has an extensive anti-Ebola effort underway in Sierra Leone, one of the three West African nations hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak that has killed over 9,900 people.

Britain's Ministry of Defense said the infected person was being treated at the Kerry Town Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone. Officials have not revealed the patient's name, gender or age.

"A clinical decision on whether the individual will be medically evacuated to the UK for treatment will be taken in due course," the statement said, adding the person's relatives have been informed.

It said there are "stringent procedures" in place to protect UK military personnel but that there is "always a level of risk in deployments on operations of this type."

Two British nurses who contracted the disease while treating patients in Sierra Leone last year survived after being brought back to Britain for specialist treatment.