A Ugandan doctor who contracted Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone was hospitalised today, Friday in Frankfurt, becoming the second case handled in Germany.
“The patient is an employee of an Italian NGO, he has Ugandan nationality and has worked as a doctor in Sierra Leone,” said Stefan Gruettner, social affairs minister for the Hesse region where Frankfurt is located.
“He worked over there with people affected by the Ebola virus and was infected,” he told Hessische Rundfunk radio station.
The man’s health is “very serious but stable”, said Timo Wolf, head of the infectious disease centre at Frankfurt University Hospital.
The next three days will be decisive, he added, saying the treatment would last “two to three weeks”.
The patient arrived on a special flight on Thursday night under a very tight health precautions and will be placed in an isolation unit at the hospital
“The patient will be treated in a separate building,” the hospital said in a statement, adding that it would not provide information on the evolving state of his health.