First confirmed Ebola case in Italy

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Health worker in Sierra Leone. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1586/Bindra

The first case of the deadly Ebola virus has been detected in Italy according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The UN health agency said the patient is a healthcare worker who had been at an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone in West Africa.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

WHO said the patient was transferred to hospital at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome, after developing symptoms on 10 May.

The onset of symptoms reportedly occurred 72 hours after the final leg of the healthcare worker’s return journey to Italy from Sierra Leone.

WHO confirmed that enough time had passed which meant that other passengers who had taken the same flight from the West African country were not at risk.

The health agency also said that sporadic cases of Ebola virus disease in Europe are unavoidable, due to travel between the region and affected countries.

But it added that the risk of Ebola spreading widely in Europe is avoidable and extremely low.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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