Italy’s Ebola patient gets experimental treatment

By on November 26, 2014


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ROME — An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone has arrived back in Italy and is being treated with the same experimental drugs used in the U.S. and other European countries to treat people infected with the virus.

The doctor, whose name wasn’t released and is in his 50s, has Italy’s first confirmed case of Ebola. He arrived at a Rome military air base early Tuesday and was immediately transported in a biohazard-equipped ambulance to a Rome hospital specializing in infectious diseases.

Officials at the hospital told reporters that the patient was stable, had only had one episode of vomiting and diarrhea – without blood – and was being treated with the same experimental drugs used in the U.S. and elsewhere in Europe.