Signage aimed at preventing the spread of the Ebola Virus.
Signage aimed at preventing the spread of the Ebola Virus. EPA - UDO WEITZ

Australian nurse feared to have contracted Ebola

AN AUSTRALIAN nurse is feared to have contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop issued a statement saying an Australian nurse would be placed under observation for 21 days following a "low risk" clinical incident at the Australian-managed Ebola Treatment Centre in the African country.

She said the nurse was transferred to the United Kingdom, and would remain under observation.

"For privacy reasons the person has not been named, however they have completed a medical assessment in the United Kingdom which determined that their risk of developing Ebola remains low and they are not exhibiting any symptoms of Ebola," Ms Bishop's statement said.

"The Australian-funded ETC has strict infection prevention protocols in place, and the safety of staff and patients is paramount."

Almost 30 patients have recovered from Ebola and been discharged from the Australian-managed treatment centre.

"The Australian Government continues to work closely with the government of the United Kingdom to jointly combat the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, and is encouraged by the recent decrease in new Ebola cases," Ms Bishop said.