UK Ebola survivor returns for monitoring
After a UK military healthcare worker suffered a needle stick injury while treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, which is the heart of the outbreak, he was brought back to the UK for monitoring.
The UK individual does not exhibit symptoms as of now but is likely to have been exposed to the virus, according to the Royal Free hospital. The patient was brought back to the UK on an RAF flight and will remain in the quarantine for monitoring and incubation.
Professor Paul Cosford of Public Health England said, “Our thoughts are with this person, who has been courageous in helping those affected in West Africa, and in preventing the wider spread of Ebola. We have strict, well-tested protocols in place for this eventuality and we are confident that all appropriate actions have been taken to support the healthcare worker concerned and to protect the health of other people.”
He also said that needle stick injuries are injuries of piercing the skin by a sharp instrument or sharp objects, mostly needles. The Royal Free hospital specializes in treating infectious diseases and houses specialists in this area. The other healthcare workers who had contracted Ebola and were cure including nurses Pauline Cafferkey and Will Pooley were successfully treated by the hospital and are now discharged to their homes.
Cafferkey was discharged last week and she mentioned that she looks forward to return to normal life and doesn’t have immediate plans to return back to West Africa. She was treated with the blood plasma of an Ebola survivor in combination with an experimental drug that is related to ZMapp which was used in the treatment of Pooley.