American Ebola patient admitted to US hospital

An American healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone was admitted Friday to specialized hospital near the US capital for treatment, officials said.

The person, whose identity has not been revealed, was evacuated from Sierra Leone via a private charter plane and “admitted to the NIH Clinical Center at 4:44 am (0844 GMT),” the National Institutes of Health said in a statement.

“The patient’s condition is still being evaluated. No additional details about the patient are being shared at this time.”

Located in Bethesda, Maryland, the NIH Clinical Center has “high-level isolation capabilities and is staffed by infectious diseases and critical care specialists,” said a statement from the hospital.

The same facility treated US nurse Nina Pham, who was infected while caring for a Liberian man at a Texas hospital.

The man, Thomas Eric Duncan, died. Pham and another nurse who was also infected have since recovered.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization announced that the death toll from the world’s largest Ebola outbreak had topped 10,000.

Most of the deaths in the outbreak, which began in late 2013, have been in the West African nations of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

AFP

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