Breaking: Healthcare Worker in Scotland Diagnosed with Ebola

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A day after flying home to Glasgow from Sierra Leone, a healthcare worker has been diagnosed with Ebola, the Scottish government reported today.

From Reuters:

The patient is being treated in isolation at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital, having flown back to Scotland’s largest city late on Sunday on a British Airways flight via Casablanca in Morocco and London’s Heathrow.

“All possible contacts with the patient are now being investigated and anyone deemed to be at risk will be contacted and closely monitored,” the Scottish government said in a statement.

“However, having been diagnosed in the very early stages of the illness, the risk to others is considered extremely low.”

The patient, who is said to be female, will be transferred to a high-level isolation unit in London’s Royal Free hospital.

While reporting on the dangerous virus in the US has quelled, the threat has far from ended: the number of Ebola cases in the three most impacted countries has passed 20,000, with 7,842 reported deaths so far.

Reuters reports:

Cumulative case numbers in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea stood at 20,081, the WHO said in a statement. More than a third are laboratory-confirmed cases in Sierra Leone, which has become the worst-hit country in the worst outbreak of the disease on record.

Dozens of new cases have been reported in Liberia near its border with Sierra Leone. The rise in cases is said to be due to a number of factors, including people going in and out of the country, and traditional practices including washing the bodies of the deceased.

Meanwhile, the CDC is hiding information about Ebola cases in the US from the public. Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson recently told Fox News that she contacted the CDC to ask how many cases of Ebola were being monitored in the US, and was given the figure “1,400.”


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