Nurse who survived Ebola may return to Sierra Leone

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The British nurse who survived Ebola has hinted he could return to the country where he contracted the virus to help fight the outbreak.

Sierra Leone is among several West African countries in the grip of the deadly virus and William Pooley was working with patients when he became ill himself. The volunteer nurse, 29, was flown back to the UK for treatment in a special unit at the Royal Free Hospital in north London with experimental drug ZMapp and has since been given the all-clear and discharged.

But Mr Pooley, from Suffolk, suggested the UK and US governments should do more to tackle the epidemic and admitted he has considered travelling back.

Premier League stars took advice from their club doctors before taking part in a fixture in doubt due to fears over Ebola. Sports Minister Helen Grant told MPs she received assurances that UK-based players involved in Ivory Coast’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone had received medical advice. Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, Swansea’s Wilfried Bony and Newcastle United’s Cheick Tiote, Championship players Mohamed Kamara, of Bolton Wanderers, and Mustapha Dumbuya, of Notts County were all involved.