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An Australian nurse who has been treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has been airlifted to the UK after personal protection protocols were accidentally breached.

The woman, who does not have Ebola, was working at the Australian-run Aspen Medical clinic in Sierra Leone when the accident occurred.

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It was a low-risk incident and the evacuation was a precautionary measure.

However, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she was “concerned” for the woman’s welfare.

“I thank the UK government and health authorities for their cooperation and support in this matter,” she said in a statement.

“I am concerned for the welfare of the Australian nurse and acknowledge the work of all the Aspen Medical staff delivering Australia’s Ebola contribution in Sierra Leone.”

Late last year the Federal Government committed more than $20 million in funding for the private company to run a 100-bed Ebola treatment clinic in Sierra Leone.

The clinic is currently operating at a capacity of 38 beds, and has treated 57 patients to date.

Seventeen people are currently recieving treatment, while 18 were discharged after recovering and 22 died.

– with AAP, ABC

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