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    A South Korean doctor, who was part of a team treating local patients in Ebola-hit Sierra-Leone, has reportedly come into contact with one of the patients' syringe containing blood particles.

    MOSCOW, January 3 (Sputnik) — A South Korean doctor suspected of contracting the Ebola virus in Sierra-Leone was flown to Germany for treatment, DPA news agency reported Saturday.

    According to the agency, the doctor, who was part of a team treating local patients in the Ebola-hit West African country, has reportedly come into contact with one of the patients' syringe containing blood particles. The unidentified medic was taken to the Charite hospital in Berlin.

    A hospital statement said that the South Korean medical worker was currently in an isolation unit. The clinic did not specify whether the diagnosis was confirmed or if the doctor was hospitalized for further observation.

    The hospital administration is expected to hold a press conference later Saturday.

    According to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, the number of deaths from Ebola has edged closer to 8,000 out of a suspected or confirmed total of 20,206 patients. Most of the recorded cases are concentrated in Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone. The infection has also affected several foreign health care volunteers who assisted in curbing the latest outbreak in West Africa.

    Ebola is a deadly disease that spreads through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, or through contact with their contaminated clothing or possessions. Specific treatment against Ebola does not exist, but a number of countries, including Russia, the United States, Japan and China, have reportedly developed trial vaccines for the deadly virus.

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