Via q13fox.com, Lucie Lecomte has found this CNN report: British national in Sierra Leone tests positive for Ebola virus. Excerpt:
A British citizen who lives in the West African nation of Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus, according to Britain’s Department of Health.
The man, simply identified as “William,” was living in a home established by an American university for researchers in Sierra Leone.
“William” was a volunteer nurse in Kenema Government Hospital and was working with Ebola patients in the hospital, according to Dr. Robert Garry of Tulane University. Garry is manager of the university’s program that researches Ebola. The hospital is run by the government of Sierra Leone, but receives support from Tulane researchers.
Garry said that no one else living in the house was “significantly exposed” and “William” is still in Sierra Leone.
According to the Tulane doctor, “William” got sick on Friday and had a low viral load, meaning he wasn’t infected for a long time.
Garry added that the British national has a fever but none of the other symptoms of the Ebola virus.
In a statement, posted on the United Kingdom’s government website Saturday, British Chief Deputy Medical Officer John Watson said the overall risk to the public in the UK is very low.
Watson also said that medical experts are “assessing the situation in Sierra Leone to ensure that appropriate care is provided.”