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UK Ebola Patient Given Experimental Drug
The first British sufferer of the deadly ebola virus is being treated with the experimental drug ZMapp in a London hospital.
William Pooley, 29, is in an isolation unit at the Royal Free in Hampstead after being admitted late on Sunday.
The hospital said he was "sitting up and talking to the nurses and doctors who are looking after him".
He had been transported to the UK on a specially-equipped RAF plane from Sierra Leone in West Africa where he caught the disease while helping ebola patients.
ZMapp has been dubbed by some as the "cure" after two aid US workers were successfully treated for ebola after taking it.
Dr Michael Jacobs, consultant and clinical lead in infectious diseases at the London hospital, said: "We have had the opportunity to give him the ZMapp treatment that I am sure you are aware of.
"It is an experimental medicine, we made that absolutely clear in our discussions with him."
He added: "What has become apparent to us is that he is clearly a rather resilient and remarkable young man."
Staff said he was given the first dose of ZMapp on Monday and further doses were expected to be given to him "in due course".
Mr Pooley, a nurse, is being treated by doctors clad in protective plastic clothing, gloves and masks.
The boss of the Sierra Leone hospice where Britain's first ebola victim had worked before he caught the disease says his former colleague is "optimistic" he will be back working there soon.
Gabriel Madiye, of the Shepherd Hospice in Freetown, said Mr Pooley had told him he believes he will recover in a little as two weeks.
Mr Madiye said Mr Pooley had been confident he would pull through.
He said: "Will told me that he has been seriously ill and tested for ebola and he told me I don't need to help him because he's already being helped by the British government.
"(He told me) that he will be treated in England and he is very optimistic that he will recover in a matter of two weeks and after that he will come back to me."
Mr Pooley, from Eyke, in Suffolk, worked at the hospice in Freetown before moving to the ebola centre in Kenema, where he was infected.
Up to 90% of people who catch ebola die from the virus.
The World Health Organisation says more than 2,500 people have lose their lives as a result of the latest outbreak in West Africa so far.