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Europe alert after Spain Ebola case

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Peter Gentle 09.10.2014 15:01
  • Report by Elżbieta Krajewska
After a nurse has been diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in Spain, the first person to be infected outside Africa, European health services are on alert.

A 'Save The Children' community health team worker talks to locals on a door-to-door sensitisation about Ebola at the Hill Station community west of Freetown, Sierra Leone, 08 October 2014. Figures released from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) indicate the death toll from Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has exceeded 3,400. In Sierra Leone 121 deaths have been recorded from Ebola in one day according to government health statistics compiled by Sierra Leone's Emergency Operations Centre showing the total number of deaths at 678 on 05 October 2014 up from 557 the day before.

This after a man who tested positive for the virus he contracted in Africa died in the United States. The US has now seen six cases of Ebola, while the fever has killed about 4000 people in Africa, in what is the worst outbreak since the identification of the virus in 1976.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has voiced what he called "an urgent plea" to step up efforts on a global scale in the struggle with the virus.

"Frankly there was not a moment to waste in this effort," he said.

A patient infected with Ebola arrived in Germany on Thursday morning and is being treated at this clinic at Leipzig Hospital.

The patient is a UN employee who was flown in from Liberia.

Poland is also examining if it is prepared should someone become infected in the country.

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