10 US clinicians to be evacuated from Sierra Leone after colleague contracts Ebola

Global News

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Ten clinicians with a Boston-based non-profit organization responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone are to be transported to the United States after one of their colleagues was infected with the deadly disease.

Partners in Health said in a statement Saturday that the medical workers would be evacuated on non-commercial aircraft and isolated in Ebola treatment facilities.

On March 11, a Partners in Health clinician in Sierra Leone tested positive for Ebola, and the 10 fellow workers “came to the aid of their ailing colleague,” the group’s statement said. They have not shown signs of Ebola, and Partners in Health said the evacuations were ordered “out of an abundance of caution.”

“They will remain in isolation near designated U.S. Ebola treatment facilities to ensure access to rapid testing and treatment in the unlikely instance that any become symptomatic,” the group’s statement said.

The clinician who…

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