Ebola reaches Italy: Doctor who became the country’s first victim of the disease is flown into Rome in specially sealed military plane

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
By Paul Martin

Unidentified doctor caught virus while working for charity in Sierra Leone
50-year-old was flown into Rome’s Pratica di Mare military airport today
Taken to Lazzaro Spallanzani infectious diseases hospital for special care
Current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed nearly 5,500 people

By John Hall
25 November 2014

A doctor who became Italy’s first Ebola victim after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone arrived back in his home country in a specially sealed military plane this morning.

He was flown into the military airport of Pratica di Mare, outside the capital Rome, and taken to a nearby hospital for infectious diseases, where he will receive specialist treatment.

The unidentified doctor, who reports say is 50-years-old, was working for the charity Emergency at a clinic for Ebola victims in Sierra Leone when he contracted the disease

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed nearly 5,500 people, making it the worst ever.

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