Scotland’s First Ebola Patient Being Treated at Glasgow Hospital

Healthcare workers load a man suspected of contracting the Ebola virus into an ambulance in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on Sept. 24. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tanya Bindra / Associated Press)

A healthcare worker who just returned from helping to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been confirmed as Scotland’s first case of the disease, officials said Monday.

The patient, a woman not identified by name, is being treated at the Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow, according to the Scottish government.

The woman arrived in Glasgow from Sierra Leone about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, officials said. According to England’s National Health Service, she left Sierra Leone on Sunday, traveling on two Royal Air Maroc flights to Casablanca, Morocco, and on to London’s Heathrow Airport.

She then took a British Airways flight to Glasgow.

The woman called health officials early Monday morning and reported feeling sick, said Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon. She was transported by ambulance to a hospital, where she was admitted and isolated.

Doctors told reporters that she is stable and that her prognosis is good.

The patient was diagnosed with Ebola in “the very early stages of the illness,” Sturgeon said at a news conference. She had not exhibited any symptoms of Ebola during her travel, making it unlikely that she infected others.

As a precaution, health officials in Scotland are tracking down the 71 passengers said to have been on the London-to-Glasgow flight. Officials in England will also be contacting all passengers on the Casablanca-to-London flight, but they did not say how many were on that plane.

Some of the passengers sitting closest to the woman may be monitored for symptoms as a precaution, health officials said.

Aside from those travelers, Sturgeon said, the woman had come into contact with only one person since arriving in Scotland.

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Christine Mai-Duc