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British Ebola victim discharged from hospital following experimental treatment

William Pooley had been treated at Britain’s isolation unit secure enough for Ebola patients.

William Pooley during a press conference.
William Pooley during a press conference.
Image: Andrew Matthews

A BRITISH NURSE infected with Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has been discharged from a London hospital after recovering from the disease following treatment with the experimental drug ZMapp.

“I was very lucky,” said William Pooley, who had been working as a volunteer in one of the worst hit areas and was flown out of Africa on a specially-equipped British military plane.

“I had some unpleasant symptoms but nothing compared to some of the worst of the disease, especially when people end up dying,” said Pooley, who has been the only Briton reportedly infected.

The Royal Free Hospital, the only facility in Britain with a high-level isolation unit that can host Ebola patients, said the treatment had been “successful”.

Pooley, who spent 10 days in the hospital, was given ZMapp which was used on two US missionaries who also recovered.

“I wish that the level of care I’ve received here could be provided there,” the hospital quoted Pooley as saying.

© AFP 2014

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