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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:23 am 
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Media reports describe the pending evacuation of an Ebola infected Italian doctor in Sierra Leone to Spallanzani Institute in Rome, Italy.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:27 am 
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ROME: An Italian doctor has contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and is being flown back to Rome for specialist treatment, the health ministry said today.

The ministry said the doctor, the first Italian to contract the disease, would arrive in Rome late today or early Tuesday and be hospitalised at the Lazzaro Spallanzani national institute for infectious disease.

The doctor was working for NGO Emergency at a clinic for Ebola victims when he contracted the disease, which has killed more than 5,000 people in its latest outbreak in West Africa.

“We can reassure his family that the doctor is feeling well,” health minister Beatrice Lorenzin said in a statement.

“He did not have a fever or other symptoms during the night and this morning he had his breakfast.”

The NGO said the doctor had developed some unspecified Ebola symptoms but was in a “good general condition.”

The more serious symptoms of Ebola can take weeks to develop.

Emergency said all its staff in Sierra Leone had been trained to avoid contamination.

“However no healthcare in such a serious epidemic can be considered completely risk-free,” the NGO said in a statement.

“The situation in Sierra Leone is alarming: the epidemic is still widening with 100 new cases a day. According to the World Health Organisation there are more than 5,000 people with Ebola in the country but the real figures could be much higher.”

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:50 am 
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EMERGENCY NGO / non-profit organizationemergency_ong 2h · 2 hours ago
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:54 am 
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EBOLA: MEDICAL STAFF OF EMERGENCY IN POSITIVE VIRUS


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A doctor who works at the Emergency Centre for people with Ebola Lakka in Sierra Leone has developed symptoms of Ebola. In agreement with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was organized evacuation healthcare towards Italy. The doctor, who is in good general condition, will start today from Sierra Leone to be hospitalized Spallanzani Institute in Rome.

All staff employed in the Centre of care for people with Ebola Emergency follows specific training on security protocols to prevent infection and the spread of the virus. However, no health intervention in so serious an epidemic can be considered completely free of risk.

In Sierra Leone the situation is dramatic: the epidemic continues to expand with more than 100 new cases a day. According to data from the World Health Organization, there are over 5,000 people with Ebola in the country, but the numbers could be much higher.

To respect the privacy of his colleague and his family, for now Emergency will not release other statements.

(24 November 2014)

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EBOLA: MEDICAL STAFF OF EMERGENCY IN POSITIVE VIRUS

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A doctor who works at the Emergency Centre for people with Ebola Lakka in Sierra Leone has developed symptoms of Ebola. In agreement with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was organized evacuation healthcare towards Italy. The doctor, who is in good general condition, will start today from Sierra Leone to be hospitalized Spallanzani Institute in Rome.

All staff employed in the Centre of care for people with Ebola Emergency follows specific training on security protocols to prevent infection and the spread of the virus. However, no health intervention in so serious an epidemic can be considered completely free of risk.

In Sierra Leone the situation is dramatic: the epidemic continues to expand with more than 100 new cases a day. According to data from the World Health Organization, there are over 5,000 people with Ebola in the country, but the numbers could be much higher.

To respect the privacy of his colleague and his family, for now Emergency will not release other statements.

(24 November 2014)

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:03 am 
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EBOLA IN SIERRA LEONE: the Center for the care of the sick in Lakka
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In Sierra Leone the Ebola outbreak is out of control: every day you get sick more than 100 people.
To cope with this emergency, Thursday, September 18, 2014 we opened a center for the care of people with Ebola in Lakka, a few kilometers from capital Freetown.

"We decided to open this center because the epidemic shows no sign of stopping: positive cases will increase and need other health care personnel, other isolation wards and other beds for patient care," says Luca Rolla, coordinator Emergency in Sierra Leone. We have set up a facility made ​​available by the local Ministry of Health, divided into a waiting area, triage area, an area for the isolation of suspected cases with 10 beds, a 'area dedicated to the care of the sick by 12 beds, an area of disinfection and a morgue. These are supplemented by the service area with changing rooms, stores, laundry, kitchens. At the center of Lakka employs about 110 people, including doctors, nurses, logisticians, auxiliary, cleaning staff. International players are from Italy, Serbia, Spain and Uganda. To ensure adequate protection of patients and staff, all staff have received training on specific security protocols, the use of personal protective equipment and proper motion in fixed routes within the center to prevent the spread of the virus and contamination. Together with DFID, the cooperation agency of the British government, is working Emergency opening of a new 100-bed hospital that will be opened in mid-December.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:59 am 
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Italy's first Ebola patient is stable and being treated in Rome
Source: Reuters - Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:15 GMT

By Isla Binnie

ROME, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Italy's first Ebola patient is in stable condition in Rome after arriving on Tuesday from Sierra Leone where he contracted the disease while treating the sick there, his doctor said.

The man, a 50-year-old Sicilian doctor whose name was not given, was working for the Italian humanitarian organisation Emergency in one of the countries hardest hit by the virus.

He will be treated with an experimental drug administered to other Ebola patients in Europe and the United States, but which has never been used in Italy before, said Dr Emanuele Nicastri, who did not name the drug.

The patient was running a fever but "is alert, collaborative and can walk," Nicastri told reporters at the Lazzaro Spallanzani infectious diseases institute in Rome.

Ebola has killed around a third of more than 15,000 confirmed sufferers in its worst epidemic to date.

Italy's air force, which brought the infected doctor back from West Africa, said earlier on Tuesday the trip had gone according to plan and he had been "calm the whole way".

Almost all cases of Ebola identified since the virus was first detected in the jungles of southeast Guinea in March have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The United Nations warned on Monday it would not meet its overall target of containing the virus by Dec. 1 because of rising cases in Sierra Leone, but said it would meet or exceed the target in other areas. (Additional reporting by Gavin Jones; Editing by Steve Scherer and Tom Heneghan)

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:04 am 
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Italy's First Ebola Patient Treated With Experimental Drug
By Chiara Vasarri Nov 25, 2014 8:28 AM ET
A doctor who has become the first Italian to contract Ebola arrived in Rome today and is being treated with an experimental antiviral drug.

His condition is ’’stable,’’ doctor Emanuele Nicastri said at a press conference at Rome’s Lazzaro Spallanzani hospital where the patient is being treated. ’’He’s conscious and collaborating’’ with the medical team.

The 50-year-old doctor, who contracted the virus in Sierra Leone while working for the charity Emergency, was flown to Pratica di Mare military airport near Rome and taken to the Lazzaro Spallanzani institute in a special ambulance, according to an e-mailed statement from the Italian air force. The patient’s family has asked that his name not be given to the press.

Rome doctors also declined to give the name of the antiviral drug used for treatment, though they said the drug has been used before in the U.S. and Europe.

More than 15,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 5,420 have died, according to the World Health Organization. Almost all have been concentrated in West Africa, including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chiara Vasarri in Rome at cvasarri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jerrold Colten at jcolten@bloomberg.net Alessandra Migliaccio, Dan Liefgreen

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:12 am 
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ITALY'S EBOLA PATIENT GETS EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT
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ROME (AP) -- An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has arrived back in Italy and is being treated with the same experimental drugs used in the U.S. and other European countries to treat people infected with the virus.

The doctor, whose name wasn't released and is in his 50s, has Italy's first confirmed case of Ebola. He arrived at a Rome military air base early Tuesday and was immediately transported in a biohazard-equipped ambulance to a Rome hospital specializing in infectious diseases.

Officials at the hospital told reporters that the patient was stable, had only had one episode of vomiting and diarrhea - without blood - and was being treated with the same experimental drugs used in the U.S. and elsewhere in Europe.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:19 am 
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Italian doctor with Ebola arrives at Rome hospital
Sicilian Fabrizio placed in isolation at hospital
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Published: 17:55 November 25, 2014
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Rome: A doctor who has become the first Italian to contract Ebola arrived in Rome Tuesday from Sierra Leone for specialist treatment in an infectious diseases hospital.
The doctor, a 50 year old from Sicily according to Italian media reports, was flown into the military airport of Pratica di Mare in a specially sealed unit and taken to the Lazzaro Spallanzani Institute by ambulance.
The Italian health ministry was expected to hold a press conference later Tuesday to give details of his condition.
The doctor, whose first name was reported to be Fabrizio, was working for the charity Emergency at a clinic for Ebola victims when he contracted the disease, which has killed nearly 5,500 people in its latest outbreak in West Africa.
He spoke to his daughters by telephone before landing in Rome, telling them “he was fine, not afraid, and sure he will pull through”, Italian media reported his wife as saying.
He had travelled to Sierra Leone on October 18 and had been due to return to Italy on Friday, according to his wife, who told the Corriere della Sera daily that “he almost made it through” without catching the disease.
The doctor had been working with 25 other Italians — doctors, nurses and logistics staff — living together in three houses with small rooms and shared common spaces.
Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin was quick to reassure Italians, saying there was no chance of the virus spreading from within the special 16-room ward where the doctor will be treated by specialists, and the situation was “under control.”
“The patient will not have any contact with doctors, or nurses. And especially not with the population. The Spallanzani hospital is a centre of excellence on a European level,” she said in an interview with Il Messaggero daily.
Cecilia Strada, president of Emergency and wife of the charity’s founder, said the team was “not worried”.
The infected doctor “was assisted from the start of the very first symptoms and we follow strict security procedures. We know well, from experience, that time is of the essence. And in this case the assistance was immediate,” she said.
A Ugandan doctor working for Emergency fell ill with Ebola at the start of October and was transferred to Frankfurt for care, where he recovered, according to Italian media reports.
Strada said the work the medical team was carrying out was “extremely tiring, both physically and emotionally.”
“Working in the red zone ... means being able to work for at most an hour, before being replaced. But patients in critical conditions need constant care and it’s not easy to leave them. Sometimes we’ve had to almost pull doctors away and force them to leave,” she said.

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