A Nigerian soldier with the United Nations’ Mission in Liberia (UNAMIL) has tested positive for Ebola. He is expected to be flown to the Netherlands for treatment, a Dutch Health Ministry spokeswoman told Associated Press.
The soldier will go into isolation at a “calamity unit” at the University Medical Center Utrecht, according to Inge Freriksen.
Late Thursday, the UN mission announced that the soldier had tested positive for the dreaded disease a day earlier.
This is the third case of Ebola among mission personnel, according to Karin Landgren, a top UN envoy in the country. The previous two died.
16 people who came into contact with the soldier have been quarantined. Areas the peace keeper visited while symptomatic have been decontaminated.
The man will be the first Ebola patient hospitalized in the Netherlands. He is being treated in a Dutch hospital at the request of the World Health Organization, Freriksen said.