E.U. Finalizing Ebola Aid Worker Evacuation Plan, As Infected French MSF Volunteer Flown Back To France

News outlets report that as the European Union finalizes plans for a central evacuation system for aid workers in West Africa, a French nurse volunteering with Médecins Sans Frontières and infected with Ebola is being evacuated to France.

Devex: E.U. member states to coordinate evacuation of aid workers from West Africa
“A new joint system to coordinate the evacuation of aid workers affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is currently being finalized by the European Union and could be rolled out ‘in a matter of weeks,’ Devex has learned. The initiative follows a French proposal supported by the European Commission and ministers from among the 28 E.U. member states at a high-level meeting in Brussels on Monday…” (Kramers, 9/17).

Agence France-Presse: First French Ebola victim to be flown home from Liberia
“The first French Ebola patient was set to be flown home Thursday, as the World Bank warned the spiraling epidemic is threatening economic catastrophe in West Africa…” (9/17).

Reuters: French nurse for medical charity MSF contracts Ebola in Liberia
“A French volunteer working for Médecins Sans Frontières in Liberia has contracted Ebola, the medical charity said on Wednesday, adding that seven local staff members have already fallen ill from the deadly virus. The volunteer, the first French national and MSF’s first international staff member to catch the disease in the outbreak, was put in quarantine on Tuesday when early symptoms of the illness appeared, according to an MSF statement…” (Irish/Giahyue, 9/17).

Wall Street Journal: France to Fly Back Humanitarian Worker With Ebola from Liberia
“French authorities said Thursday that they will fly back a French humanitarian worker who was treating Ebola patients in Liberia and has contracted the deadly disease. ‘She will be repatriated in France under maximum safety conditions in a special medical plane,’ the French Foreign and Health Ministers Laurent Fabius and Marisol Touraine said in a joint statement. All precautions will be taken to avoid the contamination of anyone else, the statement said…” (Landauro, 9/18).

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