THE HAGUE (AFP) – Two Dutch doctors feared to have contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone are set to be flown back to the Netherlands “as soon as possible”, the foreign ministry said Saturday.
The healthcare workers could be back home by Sunday afternoon “if all goes well”, spokesman Harald Wychgel from the Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) told AFP.
The two men are not yet showing any symptoms of the deadly virus, he added.
Doctors Nick Zwinkels and Erdi Huizenga, who were working at the Lion Heart Medical Centre in the western town of Yele, “came into contact with three people who then died from the Ebola virus”, according to foreign ministry spokesman Friso Wijnen.
“They will be repatriated to the Netherlands as soon as possible,” he told AFP.
The clinic mostly treats cases of malaria.
Zwinkels said he and his colleague came into contact with the Ebola patients last week. “I can still sleep but I am very worried,” the 31-year-old told Dutch public broadcaster NOS.
The two doctors will be flown out on a special flight and immediately transferred to an isolation unit in a hospital in the western city of Leiden.