A nurse who was bitten by a Ebola-infected child in while serving in Sierra Leone is being flown to Switzerland, according to an Associated Press report today.
The unidentified male nurse was wearing protective gear and is unlikely to have contracted the disease; however, he’s being flown home as a precaution, Swiss health authorities said.
Despite surging numbers of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, there is some promising news concerning the two other countries with EVD cases. A Reuters report today says the World Health Organization (WHO) regional director in Africa said in an update, “On the whole, the outbreaks in Senegal and Nigeria are pretty much contained.”
Senegal has reported only one case and all contacts have completed the 21-day incubation period. In Nigeria, there have been 20 cases and eight deaths.
Contact tracing and follow-up is ongoing. In Nigeria, 696 contacts have now completed 21-day follow-up (348 contacts in Lagos, 348 contacts in Port Harcourt). Of the three contacts who are still being monitored in Lagos, all were seen on 20 September. Of the 175 contacts who are still being monitored in Port Harcourt, 165 (94%) were seen on 20 September. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page