By Dayo Laniyan
Doctors in a hospital in north-west London have started to treat a British nurse that has contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone.
The first Briton to contract the disease in the outbreak has been named as William Pooley, a 29 year old volunteer nurse, by US scientist Dr Robert Garry who worked alongside him in Kenema Government Hospital, located in the south-east of Sierra Leone.
On Sunday, Mr Pooley was flown to RAF Northolt in a specially-equipped military aircraft, then transferred under police escort to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London.
The hospital is the only one in Britain that has a high-security infectious disease unit, and Mr Pooley, described as “not currently seriously unwell,” is now being treated in a specialist isolation unit containing a tent made of plastic and rubber which separates the patient from medical staff while ensuring he can be observed.
Despite the recovery American humanitarian workers, who were flown back to the States after contracting Ebola in Liberia, Mr Pooley will not be treated with the same experimental drugs as they, known as ZMapp.
Dr Garry described Mr Pooley as a “remarkable young man and a natural leader”.
So far, there is no cure for Ebola but with treatment of the symptoms, and proper hydration, patients have a chance of survival.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health, Professor John Watson stated that “the overall risk to the public in the UK remains very low”.