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  • A member of the UK military positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone treated in UK - Corporal Anna Cross made a full recovery, discharged

    Source: http://www.cityam.com/211358/member-...positive-ebola


    A member of the UK military has tested positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone
    by Sarah Spickernell
    11 March 2015 5:04pm

    A military health worker from the UK has tested positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone.
    According to Public Health England (PHE), the unnamed person is being given appropriate care by medical experts.

    A decision is pending on whether they will be transferred back to the UK for treatment. In a statement, PHE said a clinical decision on the potential move would be “taken in due course”...

  • #2
    British Army medic with Ebola evacuated with two other suspected cases

    By Victoria Ward, and Ben Farmer8:39AM GMT 12 Mar 2015

    A female Army medic who has caught Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is being flown back to Britain by the RAF, along with two workers who have been in close contact with her.

    Two further health workers who have been exposed to the unnamed soldier are being tested in Sierra Leone and could be evacuated later.

    A specially equipped RAF C-17 took off from Sierra Leone at 7am on Thursday morning and is expected to land at RAF Northolt later today.

    The medic will then be transferred to London's Royal Free Hospital (RFH), where previous Ebola patients have been kept in isolation and treated.

    The woman is the third British health care worker confirmed to have caught the deadly virus, which has ravaged West Africa and killed more than 9,800 in the past year.
    ...

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...ack-to-UK.html

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    12 March 2015 Last updated at 06:47 ET S

    Ebola: British patient has arrived in UK for treatment

    James Gallagher
    By James Gallagher
    Health editor, BBC News website

    A plane carrying a British military healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola has landed in the UK.

    She will be taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London, which has successfully treated other patients.

    Two of her colleagues were also onboard the flight in case the infection has been passed on through close contact.

    A further two colleagues are being assessed in Sierra Leone, and may be flown back in the future. None have been diagnosed with Ebola.
    ...

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31845947
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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    • #3
      Ebola: British patient and four colleagues in UK hospitals
      ...
      Two other healthcare workers arrived back in the UK on Friday. They will be taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

      A spokesperson for the hospital said: "This is a precautionary measure.

      "Neither of these individuals has been diagnosed with Ebola and they are not showing any symptoms of the disease."
      ...
      Dr Ben Neuman, a virologist at the University of Reading, said flying the patient back to the UK offered the best chance of recovery.

      "The Royal Free Hospital has a 100% record in treating Ebola cases so far, let's hope that doesn't change.

      "While the new batch of ZMapp is not yet available, she could be treated with favipiravir, which has shown some early promising results in West African Ebola clinics.

      "She may also be given antibody-rich serum from Ebola survivors to knock down the amount of virus in her blood while her immune system is learning to fight Ebola."
      ...

      http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31845947
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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      • #4
        Press release

        Update on UK military healthcare workers evacuated from Sierra Leone

        Public Health England
        First published:13 March 2015

        Sixth individual returned to the UK following possible Ebola virus exposure via needle-stick injury.

        Public Health England (PHE), the Department of Health, the Ministry of Defence and NHS England can confirm that the return of 6 UK healthcare workers to the UK has been completed.

        On Thursday 12 March 2015, the UK military healthcare worker with Ebola was safely transported to the Royal Free Hospital in London, and admitted to their special high level isolation unit. Two military personnel identified as contacts of the diagnosed individual returned on the same plane. They were assessed by the Royal Free Hospital on 12 March, and have now been discharged.

        Two further UK military healthcare workers, also identified as contacts, were transported to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for assessment. One has now been discharged.

        None of the 4 individuals identified as contacts have been diagnosed with Ebola. The 3 discharged individuals will reside in appropriate private accommodation and will be monitored for any symptoms for the remainder of their incubation period, in line with standard protocols.

        Also on Thursday 12 March, a sixth individual, a UK healthcare worker in Sierra Leone, was identified as potentially being exposed to the Ebola virus via a needle-stick breach of their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The individual was evacuated to the UK and is being admitted to the Royal Free Hospital for assessment. This individual has not been diagnosed with Ebola and is not exhibiting symptoms of Ebola. This incident is unrelated to the UK military healthcare worker evacuations.

        Dr Jenny Harries, Ebola incident lead at PHE, said:

        All appropriate support has, and will continue to be offered, to these six individuals. Our thoughts are with all the healthcare workers, and their families, affected at this time.

        The UK has robust, well-developed and well-tested systems for managing Ebola. All appropriate infection control procedures continue to be followed to minimise any risk of transmission. There remains no risk to the general public’s health and the overall risk to the UK continues to be very low.

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        https://www.gov.uk/government/news/u...m-sierra-leone
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela

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        • #5
          Press release

          Ebola: further healthcare worker with potential exposure brought to UK for precautionary monitoring

          From:Public Health EnglandFirst published:16 March 2015Part of:Ebola virus: UK government response and Public health

          All appropriate public health actions taken to support individual and protect public health.
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          Public Health England (PHE) can confirm that a further UK healthcare worker who has had potential contact with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone has been transported to the UK today (Monday 16 March 2015) for assessment and monitoring, and has now been discharged.

          The individual has not been diagnosed with Ebola, and does not currently have any symptoms. On arrival in the UK, the healthcare worker was transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for assessment. They have been discharged, and will now be monitored for the remainder of their 21 day incubation period in private accommodation, in line with PHE’s standard procedures for returning healthcare workers.

          Dr Isabel Oliver, PHE’s Ebola incident lead, said:

          The overall risk to the general public from Ebola remains very low. We are confident all appropriate public health actions have been taken to support this individual and to protect the public’s health. The courage shown by every volunteer, in helping those affected in West Africa and working to prevent the spread of Ebola any wider, should be recognised.

          Background

          This individual worked in the same facility as the US healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone, and was identified as one of their contacts. The individual was brought to the UK on an EU Medevac flight, arriving on Monday 16 March 2015.

          The final UK military healthcare worker identified as a contact of the MOD healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone, was discharged from the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle on Sunday 15 March 2015. They will be monitored for the remainder of their 21 day incubation period in private accommodation in line with PHE’s standard procedures for returning healthcare workers.

          The UK healthcare worker transported to the UK on Thursday 12 March 2015 following potential exposure to Ebola following a needle-stick injury personal protective equipment breach remains at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

          PHE is responsible for monitoring the health of individuals returning to the UK from Ebola affected countries. The purpose of PHE’s Returning Worker Scheme is to enable a consistent follow-up of workers on their return to the UK, to protect their health and that of the wider public. It operates in parallel to the screening arrangements that are in place for all travellers both on exit from the affected countries and on entry at the main ports in the UK.

          PHE exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. It does this through advocacy, partnerships, world-class science, knowledge and intelligence, and the delivery of specialist public health services. PHE is an operationally autonomous executive agency of the Department of Health. www.gov.uk/phe Follow us on Twitter @PHE_uk

          https://www.gov.uk/government/news/e...ary-monitoring
          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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          • #6
            Ebola patient leaves hospital

            27 March 2015


            “I feel lucky” says Ebola patient as she leaves hospital


            Anna Cross, 25, who was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital on 12 March 2015, has recovered from the Ebola virus and been discharged today.
            Corporal Cross, from Cambridge, joined the Army Reserves in 2013 as a staff nurse. She volunteered to travel to Sierra Leone to help care for Ebola patients and arrived there in February.

            She was treated in the high level isolation unit (HLIU) at the Royal Free Hospital. After careful consideration Corporal Cross said she would like to be given the experimental drug MIL 77. She is the first Ebola patient anywhere in the world to be given this drug.

            Corporal Cross thanked the staff at the Royal Free Hospital for their hard work. “I just feel very lucky,” she said. “I want to thank the Army and the Royal Free Hospital for getting me home and looking after me. The staff at the hospital have been brilliant. They are really dedicated and have worked so hard for the past couple of weeks.”

            Corporal Cross said she was also grateful to the Royal Free Charity for giving her an iPad, which she used watch to David Attenborough programmes while she was in the HLIU. “I’m now looking forward to spending time at home with my family and friends,” she added.

            Dr Michael Jacobs, infectious diseases consultant, said: “I’m very proud of the team and how hard they have worked over the past couple of weeks. We’re all delighted that another Ebola patient has made a full recovery.”

            The Royal Free Hospital has the UK’s only HLIU, which is run by a dedicated team of medical staff.

            The unit is designed to ensure staff can safely treat a patient with a dangerous infectious disease. Access to the unit is restricted and there are a number of measures in place to ensure the virus is contained.

            ENDS

            https://www.royalfree.nhs.uk/news-me...aves-hospital/
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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            • #7
              British medic declared free of Ebola

              By Smitha Mundasad
              Health reporter, BBC News
              1 hour ago
              From the section Health

              ...
              Cpl Anna Cross was the first person in the world to be given the experimental Ebola drug MIL 77, her doctors said.
              ...
              They described the drug she was given as a close relative of the medicine ZMapp - which British nurse William Pooley received when he was treated for Ebola.

              Experts at the Royal Free said MIL 77 was made in China and that a limited supply was available, should anyone need it.

              It is too soon to know what role the drug played in Cpl Cross's recovery, they added.

              ...
              http://www.bbc.com/news/health-32088310
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela

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