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Berlin hospital: SKorean medic unlikely to have Ebola

January 13, 2015

BERLIN (AP) — Doctors in Germany say a South Korean medic who injured himself with a syringe containing blood from an Ebola patient is unlikely to develop the disease.

The medic was treating an Ebola patient in Sierra Leone when the accident occurred Dec. 29. He was flown to Germany five days later.

Berlin’s Charite hospital says infections are most likely to occur between the 6th and 12th day after exposure. It said Tuesday the medic, whose name hasn’t been released, has tested negative for the disease and the likelihood of infection “should be considered very low” now.

The medic will remain under observation until the full 21-day incubation period is over.

The World Health Organized says Ebola is believed to have killed more than 8,300 people in the past year.

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