Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this sad story in Mail Online: Ebola nurse 'caught disease from a baby': Briton comforted little boy whose mother was a victim.
The British nurse infected with Ebola may have caught the deadly virus after playing with a one-year-old boy whose mother had died from the disease.
William Pooley, the first Briton to contract the virus, had spent his free time keeping little Sellu Borbor occupied at the remote treatment centre in Sierra Leone where he was a volunteer after the toddler had initially tested negative.
But a colleague said the boy had in fact caught the virus from his mother’s breast milk and died last Sunday – the same day that the 29-year-old Briton was diagnosed.
Mr Pooley was flown back from Sierra Leone at the weekend and is receiving the experimental drug ZMapp in a London hospital.
Last night, a leading health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse after it was reported that a third top doctor in Sierra Leone had died from ebola.
Close to 1,500 people have so far died across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the worst epidemic since the disease was first identified 38 years ago.
During his time at the clinic in eastern Sierra Leone, Mr Pooley developed a bond with Sellu, according to his supervisor Finda Josephine Sellu.
Like other health workers, Mr Pooley initially took precautions handling the infant since the boy’s mother was diagnosed with the virus and later died. But he played with him freely after the baby tested negative for the disease, she said.
‘Pooley and some other nurses fell in love with the boy and would play with him in their free time,’ she said.
Sellu was tested again after he developed a fever and tested positive for ebola the second time around. He died on August 24.