Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this KITV.com report: First WHO worker stricken with Ebola. It's now clear that the British case is not the WHO worker first reported today. Excerpt:
For the first time, a worker with the World Health Organization has fallen ill from Ebola, the WHO told CNN on Sunday.
The health worker is in Sierra Leone and receiving care, the WHO said. No further details were given immediately.
Separately, a British citizen infected with the virus in Sierra Leone is being flown home, the British Department of Health announced Sunday.
The man, simply identified as William, lives in the West African nation in a home established by an American university for researchers.
He is a volunteer nurse in Kenema Government Hospital, where he was working with Ebola patients, 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.
The UK government said a specially equipped C17 Royal Air Force plane would transport the patient, who would be transferred to an isolation unit at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.
"UK hospitals have a proven record of dealing with imported infectious diseases and this patient will be isolated and will receive the best care possible," said deputy chief medical officer John Watson in a press release.
Update: WHO's Gregory Härtl has just tweeted me to say the worker is "not a WHO staff member. He was deployed from a WHO partner institution through our GOARN network." I'm grateful for the clarification.