An Italian doctor contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and is being flown to Rome for specialist treatment, the health ministry said.
The ministry said the doctor, is the first Italian to contract the disease, and would arrive in Rome late Moday, November 24 or early Tuesday and be hospitalised at the Lazzaro Spallenzani national institute for infectious disease.
The doctor was working for NGO Emergency at a clinic for Ebola victims when he contracted the disease, which has killed more than 5,000 people in its latest outbreak in West Africa.
“We can reassure his family that the doctor is feeling well,” health minister Beatrice Lorenzin said in a statement.
“He did not have a fever or other symptoms during the night and this morning he had his breakfast.”
The NGO said the doctor had developed some unspecified Ebola symptoms but was in a “good general condition.