Press release

UK military healthcare worker in Sierra Leone tests positive for Ebola

Public Health England can confirm that a UK military healthcare worker in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola.

A Public Health England spokesperson, said:

We can confirm that a UK military healthcare worker in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola. Medical experts are currently assessing the situation to ensure that appropriate care is delivered. A clinical decision on whether the individual will be medically evacuated to the UK for treatment will be taken in due course.

An investigation into how the military worker was exposed to the virus is currently underway and tracing of individuals in recent contact with the diagnosed worker is being undertaken. Any individuals identified as having had close contact will be assessed and, if necessary, a clinical decision made regarding bringing them to the UK.

The UK has robust, well-developed and well-tested systems for managing Ebola and the overall risk to the public in the UK continues to be very low.

No further information is being given at this time.

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