Two medical workers to return for Ebola monitoring

Two medical workers to return for Ebola monitoring

Two military personnel, who were believed to be in close contact with a servicewoman diagnosed with Ebola, are expected to return to the United Kingdom for motoring.

The two military healthcare workerswere identified alongside two other medics for being in close contact with the woman. They remained in Sierra Leone while the infected worker and colleagues were transported back to the Royal Free Hospital (RFH), in north-west London for treatment.

The pair has not been diagnosed with the disease. They will be brought back today on separate EU Medevac flights to Newcastle and will be taken to city's Royal Victoria Infirmary for monitoring over a 21-day incubation period as part of the Ebola response plans.

A Public Health England (PHE) spokeswoman said, "PHE can confirm that arrangements are being made to transport to the UK the two other military healthcare workers identified as close contacts of the MoD (Ministry of Defence) healthcare worker recently returned to the UK following diagnosis of Ebola, for precautionary assessment and monitoring."

The spokeswoman also said the woman was tested positive after being exposed to the virus while treating patients in Sierra Leone.

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