S.Korean medical worker sent to Germany on Ebola infection concern

January 3, 2015 9:56 am 

SEOUL, Jan. 2 — A South Korean medical worker will be transported to Germany from Ebola-hit Sierra Leone as the worker was suspected of being infected with the virus while collecting blood from an Ebola patient, Seoul's foreign ministry said Friday.

The health worker is one of the 10 medical personnel dispatched by South Korea last month to an Ebola clinic in Goderich, near Sierra Leong's capital Freetown. South Korea plans to send a combined 30 medical personnel in three batches to the Ebola-hit West African nation by February.

The unidentified worker will be transported to Germany on Saturday morning (Korean time) as he was at risk of being exposed to the highly contagious disease due to the worker's touch of a needle used to collect blood from an Ebola patient.

The worker has not shown any external injury or symptoms of infection yet, but will be monitored at an isolated unit of the unspecified hospital for 21 days, the maximum incubation period of the virus. (PNA/Xinhua)

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