American who contracted Ebola improves, in serious condition

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Posted: Mar 26, 2015 3:38 PM

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Doctors say an American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has improved to serious condition at the National Institutes of Health.

The agency announced Thursday that the patient's status improved from critical condition. He is being treated at the NIH's hospital near Washington.

The patient was flown in isolation from Sierra Leone on a chartered plane and arrived March 13. The NIH said initially that the patient was in serious condition, but announced last week that his status had been downgraded to critical.

The patient's name and age have not been released. He is a clinician working with Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, which has been treating patients in Liberia and Sierra Leone since November.

"Our colleague is doing much better," Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer said in a statement. "In fact, he has, in the opinion of some of the best doctors and nurses in the world, turned the corner. He is likely a long way from discharge, but is improving on all fronts."

The organization said ten other clinicians who had been in contact with the infected health care worker are also being monitored but don't appear to be showing symptoms.