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UN health worker flown to France for Ebola treatment

A paramedic in a protective suit drives an ambulance on his arrival at the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. A Spanish priest who arrived last week from Liberia have been admitted to a hospital for observation bringing to three the number of admitted on the past 24 hours. An Air France plane was isolated at Madrid's airport on Thursday because of a suspected Ebola case after a passenger was reported to have a fever and shivers, officials said. The passenger, who had traveled from Lagos, Nigeria, was taken by ambulance to an unspecified hospital in Madrid but the rest of the passengers were allowed to leave the plane as normal, Air France said in a statement. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

A paramedic in a protective suit drives an ambulance on his arrival at the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. A Spanish priest who arrived last week from Liberia have been admitted to a hospital for observation bringing to three the number of admitted on the past 24 hours. An Air France plane was isolated at Madrid's airport on Thursday because of a suspected Ebola case after a passenger was reported to have a fever and shivers, officials said. The passenger, who had traveled from Lagos, Nigeria, was taken by ambulance to an unspecified hospital in Madrid but the rest of the passengers were allowed to leave the plane as normal, Air France said in a statement. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)  (ap)

A United Nations health worker suffering from Ebola has been flown to France from Sierra Leone for treatment, the French health ministry said in a statement overnight.

The UN worker, whose name and nationality have not been disclosed, was transported to France aboard a specially equipped jet and placed in isolation at the Begin military hospital in the eastern Paris suburb of Saint-Mandé, the statement said.

The UN worker is the second Ebola sufferer to have received treatment in France since the start of the epidemic ravaging West Africa. A French nurse repatriated in September has since made a full recovery from the virus, which has killed almost 5,000 people.

The worker is being treated at the request of the World Health Organization, the ministry said, adding that there were currently no other confirmed Ebola cases in France.