A military healthcare worker had tested positive for Ebola while working in Sierra Leone and British officials said the patient would be flown home overnight.
Public Health England said in a statement, “An investigation into how the military worker was exposed to the virus is currently underway and tracing of person in recent contact with the diagnosed worker is being undertaken.”
Airport officials said that a plane was due in at around midnight local time to carrying the patient back to the United Kingdom.
Britain has sent nearly 800 soldiers to help organize a campaign to control the outbreak Sierra Leone and to build treatment centers. Hundreds of national health workers have volunteered to assist there.
Two Britons who contracted the virus have already been successfully treated at the Royal Free hospital in London, the country’s designated centre, and other healthcare workers have also been treated there.
The reason Athe patient would not be treated in the British Kerry Town Ebola facility near the capital Freetown which has a special section intended for infected healthcare workers and international staff was not explained.
Ebola has killed nearly 10,000 people in the three worst-affected countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. It has been able to infect more than 24,200 people since the outbreak began in Guinea a year ago.
In recent months, however, rates of new patients with infections have cut down swiftly and Liberia last week released its last known Ebola patient from hospital.
According to a government health ministry report, Sierra Leone remains the top country with the highest rate of transmission and as of 10 March still had 127 patients in Ebola treatment centers, across the country.
Britain’s Wellcome Trust global health charity said, an experimental drug of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp, TKM-Ebola-Guinea was due to start on Wednesday in Sierra Leone.