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Man with Ebola is flown back to Britain

By Neil Lancefield

A plane carrying a British healthcare worker who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone landed in the UK last night, the Ministry of Defence said.

The victim was evacuated from the west Africa country on a Royal Air Force jet.

The man, who is not "seriously unwell", according to the Department of Health, was flown to RAF Northolt in west London.

He will be transported to the UK's only high level isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north London.

It is the first confirmed case of a Briton contracting the deadly virus during the recent outbreak. The identity of the patient – who lived in Sierra Leone – has not been disclosed.

There is no cure for Ebola and outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90 per cent.

Health chiefs insisted that the risk to the British public from Ebola is "very low".

The infected patient's bed will be surrounded by a specially-designed tent with its own controlled ventilation system. Only specially-trained medical staff will be allowed inside the unit.

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