LONDON: A volunteer nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone was airlifted from Scotland to a specialist clinic in London Tuesday.
A Royal Air Force ambulance was seen entering the Royal Free Hospital, where British nurse William Pooley was also treated for the disease this year.
“The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust can confirm that a patient is being treated for Ebola,” the hospital said in a statement.
The woman, who has not been named and was diagnosed on Monday after returning from the region on Sunday, will be treated in an isolation ward in a hospital bed equipped with its own ventilation system.
The ward is the only one of its kind in Britain.
The patient, who is a British National Health Service nurse who was working for the charity Save the Children, was the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola inBritain during the current outbreak.
Another British hospital in Cornwall meanwhile said it was testing a patient for Ebola in an unrelated case and results were expected later on Tuesday.
The Royal Cornwall Hospital said in a statement that the person had recently returned from west Africa.
The death toll from the Ebola outbreak has risen to 7,842 out of 20,081 cases recorded, the World Health Organization said Monday.
Almost all of the victims have been in the worst affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Spanish nurse Teresa Romero in October became the first person to be diagnosed with the disease within the European Union.
Public health officials in Britain have stressed that the risk of contamination is “negligible” but have set up a hotline for anyone who may have been on the flight to Glasgow in Scotland with the woman.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said that “all measures would be taken to protect public health.”
Pooley made a full recovery at the Royal Free Hospital and has since returned to Sierra Leone.