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Peacekeeper in Liberia tests positive for Ebola virus

By Staff Reporter

A UN peacekeeper in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola and will be flown to the Netherlands for treatment.

The Nigerian soldier is expected to arrive in the Netherlands this weekend and will go into isolation at the University Medical Centre in Utrecht. It is the third infection for the mission, which comprises about 7,700 troops and police. The previous two cases were fatal.

Sixteen people who came into contact with the Nigerian soldier have been quarantined, the mission said. Ebola has affected more than 17,500 people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. About 6,200 have died.

Meanwhile, in Sierra Leone, where the disease is spreading fastest, 100 Nigerian health workers arrived yesterday and another 25 British doctors and nurses are expected today.

Sierra Leone is desperately short of health workers and space in Ebola clinics.

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