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CUBAN DOCTOR WHO CONTRACTED EBOLA TO RETURN TO SIERRA LEONE

December 31, 2014 | Uhuruspirit

Cuban doctor Felix Baez Sarria, who contracted Ebola while on an aid mission in Sierra Leona, second from right, smiles as he poses for photos with his wife Vania Ferre, son Alejandro Felix, left, and Dr. Jorge Perez upon arrival to Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Baez, 43, is among 165 Cuban medical personnel sent to Sierra Leone to fight the disease. He showed symptoms of Ebola on Nov. 16 and was brought to Switzerland for treatment with the experimental drug ZMapp. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, Pool)



After contracting the Ebola virus while attending patients in West Africa, Cuban doctor Felix Baez Sarria pledged to return to the region once he recovered.

Baez announced this week that he will rejoin his 254 Cuban colleagues in the area to keep fighting the disease.

“I feel very good emotionally and physically,” Baez told the Cuban daily Granma​ in Havana, where he arrived early December after contracting the disease during a medical mission in Sierra Leone. “My recovery has gone very well and I am now enjoying my family and friends.”

However, he explained to Cuban TV that he will “go back in the first days of of the new year to Sierra Leone.”

“The first day they (Cuban colleagues in Africa) told me, 'take care of yourself, you have to come back' and I told them 'of course, I'm going to be with you, don't worry, I'm going to be back with you again as soon as possible’,” Baez continued.

Baez, 43, is one of the hundreds of Cuban medical professionals deployed in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia - the nations most affected by the disease.

The United Nations has praised Cuba for its contribution to tackle the disease, which according to the World Health Organization has infected more than 19,000 people and killed about 7,000.

- teleSUR



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