British Ebola patient recovers, discharged

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The first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa has been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery.

William Pooley, 29, has been treated in a special isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Mr. Pooley was given the experimental drug ZMapp and has praised the “world class” care at the hospital.

About half of the 3,000 people infected in the outbreak, which started in Guinea, have died.

Mr. Pooley was working as a volunteer nurse in one of the worst affected countries, Sierra Leone, when he contracted the virus.

He is unsure when he became infected, but started feeling sick and needed a blood test.

He recalled the moment his fears were confirmed: “I was woken early that evening by one of the World Health Organization doctors and immediately I knew it was bad news.

“I was worried that I was going to die, I was worried about my family and I was scared.”

Earlier report:

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The first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa is to be discharged from hospital, a spokesman says.

William Pooley, 29, has been treated in a special isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Mr. Pooley was given the experimental drug ZMapp and his family have praised the “world class” care at the hospital.