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Fifth American Ebola victim arrives in US for treatment

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Fifth American Ebola victim arrives in US for treatment


The fifth American to contract Ebola in West Africa has arrived in the US for treatment.

A private plane carrying Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance cameraman for NBC News who contracted Ebola in Liberia, landed in Omaha on Monday (October 6).

His plane was met by an ambulance manned by workers wearing yellow protective suits, NBC video footage showed.

Mukpo will be treated at the Nebraska Medical Centre, the same facility that famously cared for and released Dr Rick Sacra, an American missionary who also contracted the virus in Liberia.

Meanwhile, scientists have used Ebola spread patterns and airline traffic data to predict a 75 percent chance the virus could be imported to France by October 24, and a 50 percent chance it could hit Britain by that date.

France is among the countries most likely to be hit next because, according to scientists, the worst affected countries include Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, which is a French-speaking country with busy travel links back.

Meanwhile, a Spanish nurse who treated an Ebola victim in Madrid has reportedly tested positive for the virus following initial tests. Authorities are awaiting final test results before releasing further details.

The latest World Health Organisation (WHO) figures, released on October 3, showed 3,439 people have died from Ebola, out of 7,492 suspected, probable and confirmed cases.

The WHO has not placed any restrictions on travel and have encouraged airlines to keep flying to the worst-hit countries.

British Airways and Emirates Airlines have suspended some flights.

Dramatic footage from Liberia has shown medical teams dealing with the mounting number of Ebola victims dying in their homes.

Body collection teams travel house to house retrieving the dead.

Ebola’s infectious nature means the team face hardships both on and off the job.

“When I first started, all my family, my friends, they were afraid of me and they still are,” explained team member Alexander Nyanti. “I couldn’t enter into my own house.”

“Still now when I come in, they will lock door and put my food in the plastic bag and give it to me to eat,” Nyanti added.

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