First Ebola Case in Italy

First Ebola Case in Italy

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An Italian doctor has contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and is being flown back to Rome for specialist treatment, the health ministry said Monday.

The ministry said the doctor, the first Italian to contract the disease, would arrive in Rome late Monday or early Tuesday and be hospitalized at the Lazzaro Spallanzani national institute for infectious disease, AFP reported.

The doctor was working for NGO Emergency at a clinic for Ebola victims when he contracted the disease, which has killed more than 5,000 people in its latest outbreak in West Africa.

“We can reassure his family that the doctor is feeling well,” Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said in a statement.