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april 20, 2018

LONDON — The World Health Organization says it has coordinated shipment of an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who was exposed to the potentially deadly disease earlier this month.

The U.N. health agency said in an emailed statement on Friday that Hungarian officials asked for help last week after a scientist working in a normally secure laboratory had an “accidental exposure” to Ebola.

WHO said it helped get the scientist immunized with an experimental vaccine. It also helped send two unlicensed drugs.

WHO said the scientist was immediately isolated in a Budapest hospital and the risk of Ebola spreading to another person is “negligible.” It noted that the labor worker didn’t have any symptoms.

Ebola typically has a fatality rate of about 50 percent.

The U.N. health agency said in an emailed statement on Friday that Hungarian officials asked for help last week after a scientist working in a normally secure laboratory had an “accidental exposure” to Ebola.

WHO said it helped get the scientist immunized with an experimental vaccine. It also helped send two unlicensed drugs.

WHO said the scientist was immediately isolated in a Budapest hospital and the risk of Ebola spreading to another person is “negligible.” It noted that the labor worker didn’t have any symptoms.

Ebola typically has a fatality rate of about 50 percent.

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – A Hungarian laboratory worker has been isolated at a Budapest hospital after accidental exposure to the deadly Ebola virus but has shown no symptoms so far, health officials said on Friday.

The accident happened a week ago and the employee was under observation in a special unit in the hospital, the national health institute OKI said.

The World Health Organization said it had sent an experimental vaccine and other treatments which had been given to the scientist.

“WHO assesses the risk of Ebola spreading from this event negligible,” it said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

“The exposed scientist was immediately put under isolation according to standard operating procedures … The person is showing no symptoms.”

Neither organization gave any more information about the lab worker or the accident.

More than 11,300 people died in total during the worst outbreak of the highly contagious disease, which mainly affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from 2013 to 2016.https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hungary-accident-virus/hungarian-laboratory-worker-isolated-after-exposure-to-ebola-virus-idUSKBN1HR2Z1

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