Published On: Thu, Nov 20th, 2014

Cuban doctor in Sierra Leone diagnosed with Ebola

cuba_ebola_trajeHAVANA, Cuba - Cuban doctor Felix Baez Sarria, a member of the Henry Reeves medical brigade in Sierra Leone, has been diagnosed with Ebola and is now under treatment at a specialized treatment center in Switzerland, with no complications, the Cuban health ministry reported on Wednesday.

The report, published in the Granma newspaper, explained that, on November 16, the Cuban doctor, a specialist in internal medicine who had already assisted Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, began to have a fever, but no other symptoms. The doctor was immediately transferred to the Kerry Town Ebola treatment center in the capital of the country.

The doctor was tested for Ebola on November 17 and diagnosed with the virus. The Cuban health worker was assisted by British professionals with extensive experience in the treatment of the disease, and who maintain direct communication with the Cuban medical brigade, the report explained.

Following a proposal by the World Health Organization, Baez Sarria was transferred to the Geneva University Hospital, in Switzerland, which has a center that is highly specialized in the treatment and management of highly-transmissible infections.

Experts and officials are closely following the progress of the patient, who has not presented any complications and is hemo-dynamically stable, the report by the Cuban health ministry concluded.

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