The worst outbreak of the virus on record has killed at least 3,300
people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, overwhelming health
systems and crippling fragile economies.
A case in the United States has heightened concerns that Ebola could
spread globally and could raise further questions about travel
restrictions from the affected countries.
"The patient is a physician from Uganda, who has worked for an
Italian NGO and has looked after patients in Sierra Leone," Stefan
Gruettner, Health Minister of the German state Hesse told
journalists on Friday.
"It is a sign for those who help in the regions where the disease
has broken out especially badly that they get help if they contract
the disease themselves," Gruettner said.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) had asked Germany if they could
help taking care of the patient, and, Rene Gottschalk, head of the
Frankfurt Competence Center for highly contagious life-threatening
diseases said the patient was being treated in an isolation unit in
the Frankfurt hospital.
"Within 30 minutes (from landing) the patient was out of the
airplane and put into a special transport vehicle bringing him to
the clinic," Gottschalk said.
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The University Hospital Frankfurt is due to hold a press conference
later on Friday.
(Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Arno Schuetze; Editing by
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