A French National was placed in quarantine on the 16th of September 2014 after exhibiting symptoms of Ebola. She had been volunteering for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Monrovia, Liberia where she allegedly contracted the disease. MSF has indicated that an investigation would be launched to ascertain the cause of infection since all volunteers are usually provided with full protective gear.
The Health Ministry in France has made arrangements for the repatriation of the French woman under strict security conditions including dedicated ambulance facilities. The patient is expected to arrive in France on Thursday according to Mego Terzian of the MSF. Although this is the first western MSF volunteer to contract the virus several African MSF workers have been affected to date.
MSF has more than 2000 staff working in the affected countries with well-established protective procedures. Strict protocols are adhered to by all staff deployed to combat the outbreak which has already claimed more than 2400 lives this year. Several countries have to date extracted their citizens from the region for treatment in their home countries including the USA, Netherlands, UK and Spain. Two Dutch Doctors tested negative for the virus according to authorities and have been transported to an undisclosed location for a 21 day isolation period.
Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors without Borders in some regions, has been responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa since March this year with some 200 international staff forming part of the response team. The MSF contribution and the efforts of the Doctors have played a critical role in the containment of the outbreak and the treatment of infected individuals.