An Australian nurse will undergo observation in the United Kingdom following a low risk clinical incident at the Australian-managed Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) in Sierra Leone.

The nurse was transferred to the United Kingdom consistent with the guarantees secured by the Australian Government as a condition to establishing the treatment centre.

The individual, who for privacy reasons has not been named, has not been diagnosed with Ebola, and the transferral to the UK for a 21-day observation period is a precautionary step.

The Australian-funded ETC has strict infection prevention protocols in place, and the safety of staff and patients is paramount.

The Australian-funded Ebola Treatment Centre is currently operating at a capacity of 38 beds. The centre is on track to scale up to 50 beds by early February 2015.

To date, 18 patients have recovered and been discharged from the centre.

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