Norwegian Aid Worker Infected with Ebola in Sierra Leona

Doctors Without Borders confirmed on Monday afternoon that the test on woman was positive and she was diagnosed with Ebola haemorrhagic fever, writes TV2.

The Norwegian field worker was placed in isolation on Sunday after suffering fever, the organization states in a press release. This morning at 10.00, the aid worker landed at the military section at Oslo Airport. The person was transported in a plane which was converted to an ambulance , with highly advanced medical equipment.

The woman will be placed in special section of Ullevål Hospital with full isolation.

Nearly 3,000 aid workers are working in the region, of which 250 international staff. Among these, 20 Norwegians participated, according to Doctors Without Borders.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever has so far claimed 3431 lives in West Africa. 7470 cases of infection were registered.

Liberia was hardest hit with 1,830 registered deaths and almost 3500 infection. In addition to Liberia, Guinea (1074 cases, 648 died), Nigeria 20 cases, eight died), Senegal (one case) and Sierra Leone (2021 cases, 605 died) were severely affected, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ebola virus disease (EVD), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), or simply Ebola is a disease of humans and other primates caused by an ebolavirus. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches. Typically, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash follow, along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, affected people may begin to bleed both within the body and externally.

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