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Ebola: A French MSF staff member infected in Liberia

The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) confirms that one of its international staff members in Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola haemorrhagic fever.

The French MSF staff member currently on assignment in Monrovia was placed in isolation on Tuesday, 16th September, after she developed ​​a fever. Laboratory tests performed on the same day confirmed an Ebola infection.

Strict Ebola protection protocols

Following MSF medical evacuation procedures, she will be soon transferred to a specialised treatment centre in France.

"MSF applies very strict protocols of protection for its staff - before, during and after their time in a country affected by the current Ebola outbreak”, said Brice de le Vingne, MSF Director of Operations.

“This dramatically reduces the risk of transmission of the disease. However, the risk is part of such an intervention, and sadly our teams are not spared.”

Circumstances unknown

The circumstances under which the contamination took place have not been determined at this time. This is being investigated by MSF teams, under the standard management procedures for such events.

For reasons of medical confidentiality and to preserve the privacy of its staff member and her family, MSF will not provide any further comment at this time.

MSF has been responding to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa since March 2014. More than 2,000 MSF staff are currently working in the region, including some 200 international staff.

Find out more about MSF's response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa