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Cuban doctor in Sierra Leone tests positive for Ebola

19 November 2014, 07:54

Havana - A Cuban doctor treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the disease and will be sent to Geneva for treatment, the official website Cubadebate reported on Tuesday, citing a Health Ministry statement.

Felix Baez had a fever on Sunday and tested positive on Monday, the statement said. He has not shown complications and is "hemodynamically stable," the statement said.

"Our collaborator is being tended to by a team of British professionals with experience in treating patients who have displayed the disease and they have maintained constant communication with our brigade," the statement said.

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The World Health Organisation decided to transport Baez to a university hospital in Geneva, the statement said.

Baez is one of 256 Cuban doctors and nurses in West Africa treating Ebola patients, a commitment that has won international praise as more substantial than contributions from many wealthy countries.

Some Cuban 165 doctors and nurses have gone to Sierra Leone for a six-month mission, with another 53 in Liberia and 38 in Guinea.

- Reuters


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