May 14, 2015 – Ebola Virus Disease, EVD Lands In Italy: 1 Infected Patient Quarantined, 3 Health Care Workers Placed In Isolation
One case of Ebola Virus Disease has been reported in Italy.
Yesterday in Rome, a nurse returning from an assignment in Sierra Leone tested positive for the killer virus. The male nurse was admitted to a specialised hospital in Rome while 3 health care workers who came into contact with him were quarantined.
Dr Emanuele Nicastri of the Spallanzani hospital, who specialised in highly infectious diseases, said at a press conference that the nurse was overnight transfer to Rome by the Italian air force.
He said the 37-year-old from Sardinia returned home on Friday, and felt the first symptoms of the disease two days later, after his blood sample tested positive for the often fatal virus.
“At the time of admission, the patient was feverish, alert and cooperative,”.
Meanwhile, Luigi Arru, the Regional Alderman for Health, said three people were placed under quarantine in Sassari, at the hospital where the Ebola patient was first taken in on Monday.
“Healthcare workers of the Hospital in Sassari, who examined the patient, were well equipped with personal protective equipment and are now under surveillance, as well as the close contacts of the case,” .
“The risk of contagion is negligible, the staff that dealt with the patient are highly specialised and equipped,” he added.
WHO declared Liberia Ebola free on Saturday but the disease is still present in Sierra Leone and Guinea.