Ebola Immunity not Certain

22 October 2014

By Lauren E. White

The British nurse who survived Ebola landed back in Sierra Leone last night after he made the ‘easy decision’ to return after he was cured from the fatal disease.

William Pooley touched down in Freetown yesterday evening and is expected to begin work today in an Ebola isolation unit that is run by a team backed by three NHS trusts and a London university. The Suffolk-born nurse decided to return to Sierra Leone despite the worry of his family and friends, saying he cannot stand ‘idly by’ while the epidemic grows further.

Although it is widely assumed that a person cannot get the Ebola virus twice, it is not Scientifically proven- meaning Pooley is still at risk of round two. He told the Guardian: “They have told me I very likely have immunity, at least for the near future, to this strain of Ebola. I have also been told it’s a possibility that I don’t, so I will just have to act as if I don’t.”

The Ebola virus has a death toll of over 4,500, shockingly around 3,000 more than it had when Pooely was airlifted to a UK hospital in August.

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