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Media reports on the MSF nurse transported to Paris by air ambulance from Monrovia is being treated with experimental drug(s).

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France has announced that a French nurse infected with Ebola while in Liberia was given experimental medicines immediately after her return home on Thursday night, amid expanded international measures to combat the deadly virus.

French Health Minister Marisol Touraine confirmed that the nurse, a volunteer with Doctors Without Borders, had been transferred to the Bégin military hospital on the outskirts of Paris soon after her arrival from Liberia.

“She is currently in a confinement chamber and has dedicated staff looking after her," Touraine said.

The minister announced France had “exceptionally” authorised the importation and use of several experimental drugs to care for Ebola patients.

The nurse, who has not been identified, is the first French national to be infected with the virus, which has so far killed more than 2,600 people in West Africa.

Targeting Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council declared the outbreak a “threat to international peace and security” on Thursday and moved to create a special mission to combat Ebola.

The 15-member council unanimously adopted the US-drafted resolution, calling on the world to provide health experts, field hospitals and medical supplies to tackle the epidemic.

It marked only the second time that the Security Council has addressed a public health emergency, the first being the HIV/AIDS pandemic in 2000 and 2011.

The US said it would be soon be deploying additional staff to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus.

The UN resolution comes as Washington unveiled plans to send 3,000 troops and build 17 treatment centers in West Africa.

France announced plans to install a military hospital in Guinea, while Cuba, China, Britain and other states have pledged medical workers, health centers and other forms of support.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, Reuters)

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:09 am 
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The First French Ebola patient receives "experimental treatments" near Paris
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Created on 19/09/2014 at 3:23 - Updated 19/9/2014 at 8:06
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(FILES) A September 4, 2014 file picture shows a military nurse wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) showing off the equipment at the Infectious and Tropical Diseases Center of the Begin Military Hospital of Vincennes, near Paris. A Medecins Sans Fro AFP

Ebola - An air ambulance bringing the patient Africa West landed around 1:30 at Villacoublay military airport ...

First patient Ebola hosted on French soil, a volunteer from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Liberia contaminated with the virus was repatriated in the night from Thursday to Friday and hospital near Paris , scenario that the authorities are preparing for the weeks.

An air ambulance bringing the patient Africa West landed around 1:30 at Villacoublay military airport near the capital. An ambulance escorted by four motorcycle and several vehicles left the base shortly after and headed to the military hospital in Saint-Mande Bégin (Val-de-Marne), where she arrived about half an hour later. The health minister, Marisol Touraine said Friday on RTL that the patient was receiving "experimental treatments." the minister added that she had allowed the import of these "experimental treatments" to treat this woman, arrived in the night from Liberia.

She was in Liberia for "several weeks"

This hospital is equipped specifically "two negative pressure rooms" precaution designed to prevent any escape of contaminants outside. This woman, who contracted the disease in Monrovia where she was on a mission, is the first known infection among French present in the affected areas in Africa where. "She was hospitalized in the best conditions," said Thursday afternoon President Francois Hollande during his press conference back, paying tribute to the "outstanding work" of MSF.

The woman, whose function has not been specified, is part of the medical staff of the NGO and was in Liberia for "several weeks," said Bertrand Dredge, medical director of the NGO, at a conference Paris press Thursday at midday. Repatriation did not intervene earlier because lack of air ambulance available in the region, the NGO had to use a device of a private American company, which took off in the day the United States, explained the organization.

MSF has provided no details on the identity of the patient, anxious to protect his "privacy". But it is indeed "the first Western colleague" of NGOs be affected, confirmed yesterday Mego Terzian, President of MSF France, recalling that several African members of the NGO had been affected. The woman was placed Tuesday in an isolation center of the organization in Liberia, "from the onset of symptoms." Laboratory tests have confirmed infection with Ebola virus, against which there is currently no treatment or vaccine approved.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:30 am 
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France's First Ebola Patient to Get Experimental Drug
Nurse Contracted Virus in Liberia and Was Flown to France Thursday

By INTI LANDAURO CONNECT
Sept. 19, 2014 3:53 a.m. ET

The hospital in Saint-Mandé, eastern Paris, where a French nurse is being treated after contracting Ebola in Liberia. Reuters
PARIS—The French nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia will receive an experimental drug in France where she is being treated in a military hospital after being flown back late Thursday.

"I authorized the use of experimental medicines that will be administered to that young woman," French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Friday in an interview with RTL RTL.BT +1.18% radio station.

The nurse, who was treating patients suffering from Ebola in the Liberian capital Monrovia with French aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières, known in English as Doctors Without Borders, was flown to France for treatment after she showed early symptoms of the deadly virus on Monday night.


The woman, whose name was kept confidential, is the first French person to be infected with the virus, which causes severe hemorrhagic fever and has a high fatality rate.

She is being treated in a specially equipped hospital facility in the Paris suburb of Saint-Mandé and maximum precautions have been taken to prevent any contagion, Ms. Touraine said.

Médecins Sans Frontières has said the process of transporting the nurse to France was too slow and asked European authorities to provide an ambulance plane specially equipped for Ebola patients to airlift health-care staff to their home countries if needed.

Medical staff from Médecins Sans Frontières have been treating patients in the region since the outbreak of the current Ebola epidemic in Western Africa, the worst on record. As of early September, the group had 2,000 doctors in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, of which 200 were expatriates.

Earlier this week, the U.S. government said the military will deploy about 3,000 personnel to West Africa to coordinate international aid, build treatment centers and train health-care workers. French President François Hollande said his country's army will deploy a hospital in Guinea, where the current Ebola epidemic, the worst on record, started.

A number of suspected cases of Ebola have been reported in Europe in recent weeks, but so far all have proven negative. In mid-August, a Spanish priest died of the disease in a hospital in Spain shortly after he was airlifted from Liberia for treatment.

World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan gave the latest figures of 5,500 infections and 2,500 deaths caused by Ebola but warned that they were vast underestimates.

Write to Inti Landauro at inti.landauro@wsj.com

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