A Ugandan doctor who has been infected with the deadly Ebola virus has arrived in Frankfurt, Germany from Sierra Leone in order to be treated in the city’s University Hospital, according to local government officials.
The worst outbreak of Ebola in the 40 years since its discovery has already killed at least 3,300 people in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, overwhelming their underdeveloped health systems and crippling their fragile economies.
A case in the United States, the first confirmed case of Ebola outside of Africa, has raised many concerns that Ebola could potentially spread elsewhere in the world, and could raise questions about travel restrictions from countries that have been affected.
“The patient is a physician from Uganda, who has worked for an Italian NGO and has looked after patients in Sierra Leone,” Stefan Gruettner, Health Minister of the German state Hesse told journalists on Friday. “It is a sign for those who help in the regions where the disease has broken out especially badly that they get help if they contract the disease themselves.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked for Germany’s permission to assist in the care of the patient. According to Rene Gottschalk, head of the Frankfurt Competence Center for highly contagious life-threatening diseases, said the patient was being treated in an isolation unit in the Frankfurt hospital.
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