An Australian nurse will undergo a highly precautionary 21-day observation period 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 agreement secured by the Australian Government prior to establishing the Centre.

For privacy reasons the person has not been named, however they have completed a medical assessment in the United Kingdom which determined that their risk of developing Ebola remains low and they are not exhibiting any symptoms of Ebola.

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

To date, 29 patients have recovered from Ebola and been discharged from the Centre.

The Australian Government continues to work closely with the Government of the United Kingdom to jointly combat the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, and is encouraged by the recent decrease in new Ebola cases.

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