Recovered British Ebola patient to return to Sierra Leone

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Ebola patient to return to Sierra Leone
London, Sept 12:  The first British person to contract Ebola in Africa is to return to the country where he was infected in order to help others fight the disease.

William Pooley was treated in a special isolation unit at London's Royal Free Hospital, where he was given the experimental drug ZMapp, BBC reported on Friday. Pooley was flown back to Britain Aug 24.

He has made a full recovery and, having been discharged from hospital, said he is to travel back within "a few weeks". The 29-year-old said he was "impatient" to return and that it was likely he was now immune to the deadly illness.

Pooley had been working as a volunteer nurse in Sierra Leone, which is one of the worst affected countries, when he contracted the virus. Pooley's passport was incinerated upon his evacuation from Sierra Leone.

He has urged Prime Minister David Cameron to "take global leadership" in helping to improve hospital resources in the affected parts of Africa.

Around half of the 3,000 people infected in the current African outbreak, which started in Guinea, have died.


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