Identified as Potential Exposures Following Contact with Sierra Leonean Clinician
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Marvin, Media Relations Manager
BOSTON (Mar. 18, 2015)—At the request of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four clinicians working with Partners In Health in Sierra Leone were transported to the United States on Tuesday for active monitoring. These individuals may have been exposed to the Ebola virus in the course of helping a Sierra Leonean colleague, also a clinician, who later tested positive for the disease. These individuals were transferred as a precautionary measure. None has shown symptoms of Ebola.
The Sierra Leonean clinician diagnosed with Ebola is currently receiving care at a specialized treatment facility for health workers run by the British military.
On March 13, a Partners In Health clinician was admitted for care at the National Institutes of Health after testing positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone. Ten PIH clinicians who cared for their ailing colleague have also since returned to the United States for monitoring. None has tested positive for Ebola.
Partners In Health remains committed to working alongside public health authorities in Liberia and Sierra Leone to raise the standard of care for Ebola treatment, and also to improving the quality of care for all by training health workers and bolstering primary health systems.