UK & World News
UK Ebola Case: Family Praise 'Excellent Care'
The family of a British nurse airlifted from Africa to London to be treated for ebola has thanked the medical team looking after him.
Volunteer nurse William Pooley is in the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone.
He is the first confirmed British ebola case. There is no cure and outbreaks have a fatality rate as high as 90%.
A statement from his family said: "We would like to express our thanks to all involved in bringing our son back to the UK.
"We have been astounded by the speed and way which the various international and UK government agencies have worked together to get Will home.
"Will is receiving excellent care at the Royal Free Hospital and we could not ask for him to be in a better place.
"We ... ask everyone to remember those in other parts of the world suffering with ebola who do not have access to the same healthcare facilities as Will."
Mr Pooley, 29, was flown back to the UK on Sunday night for emergency treatment.
Days before he contracted the disease, he spoke about the joy of seeing ebola victims make a full recovery.
He told The Guardian: "It's great seeing them walk away after some of them have been in a terrible state. Seeing them on the wards and then seeing them recover and walk out the door is great."
Mr Pooley is being treated in Hampstead because it has the only isolation ward in the country.
His bed will be surrounded by a tent with its own controlled ventilation system and the only people allowed inside are specially-trained medical staff.
A Liberian doctor who was one of three Africans to receive the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp is among the latest to have died, the country's information minister said on Monday.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday that protective equipment had been sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where two cases of ebola have been confirmed.
Japan said it had developed an anti-influenza drug which may be able to treat the virus.
It is not known if favipiravir, which trades under the name Avigan, can treat the disease, but it was designed to treat new and re-emerging influenza viruses, which have similarities to ebola.
Mr Pooley was working at a hospice in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, but moved to a government hospital in Kenema when he found out workers at the hospital had died.
In an interview with a blogger for freetownfashpack.com published earlier this month, he is reported to have said: "It's the easiest situation in the world to make a difference."
His friend Dr Oliver Johnson, who has been working in Freetown, said Mr Pooley was an "extraordinary guy" who knew the risks involved but was prepared to take them in order to help.
The Department of Health said he was not "seriously unwell", and health chiefs have insisted that the risk to the public from ebola is "very low".
There have so far been 2,615 confirmed cases and 1,427 deaths in the outbreak in Africa.
Ebola is contracted through contact with an infected person's bodily fluids and there is currently no cure or vaccine.
Symptoms of the virus appear as a sudden onset of fever, headache, sore throat, intense weakness and muscle pain.