Germany takes 3rd Ebola patient for treatment

2014-10-09 09:42
Ebola bed. (AFP)

Ebola bed. (AFP)

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Leipzig - An Ebola patient landed in the northern German town of Leipzig for treatment early Thursday, local officials said.

The man is a UN employee from Liberia, the state of Saxony said, and is the third person infected with Ebola to be treated in Germany.

He landed shortly after 05:00 in a modified Gulfstream jet equipped with an isolation chamber, and was met by a medical team in biohazard suits and two ambulances.

He was taken to St Georg hospital in Leipzig, which was to give a statement later Thursday. The hospital has six rooms in its tropical medicine clinic that can be put under quarantine.

Another Ebola patient, from Uganda, is in hospital in Frankfurt, and a third, from Senegal, was released in good health from a Hamburg clinic after five weeks' treatment.

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has caused 3 431 deaths since March, with about 7 470 suspected or confirmed cases of infection, the health ministries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia reported to the World Health Organisation last week.

Read more on:    germany  |  liberia  |  ebola  |  health  |  west africa

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