A British national who tested positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone is being evacuated to the UK on a Royal Air Force jet, the Department of Health has said.
He will be taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London.
It is the first confirmed case of a Briton contracting the deadly virus, for which there is no cure, during the recent outbreak.
A spokesman for the Department of Health said: “The patient is not currently seriously unwell and is being medically evacuated in a specially equipped C17 Royal Air Force plane to RAF Northolt in the UK.
“Upon arrival in the UK the patient will be transported to an isolation unit at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.”
The patient is a healthcare worker who was living in the west African country.
Professor John Watson, deputy chief medical officer, said: “It is important to be reassured that although a case of Ebola in a British national healthcare worker residing in Sierra Leone has been identified and is being brought back to the UK the overall risk to the public in the UK remains very low.
“We have robust, well-developed and well-tested NHS systems for managing unusual infectious diseases when they arise, supported by a wide range of experts.
“UK hospitals have a proven record of dealing with imported infectious diseases and this patient will be isolated and will receive the best care possible.”
Dr Paul Cosford, director for health protection at Public Health England, said: “The patient is being transferred to the Royal Free Hospital for appropriate treatment in an isolation unit, with all appropriate protocols promptly activated by the Department of Health, PHE and NHS England.
“Protective measures will be strictly maintained to minimise the risk of transmission to staff transporting the patient to the UK and healthcare workers treating the individual.
“For Ebola to be transmitted from one person to another contact with blood or other body fluids is needed and as such, the risk to the general population remains very low.”
Dr Bob Winter, national clinical director for emergency preparedness and critical care for NHS England, said: “NHS England, together with PHE, the Department of Health and other key stakeholders has been working hard over the past few weeks to ensure any patient who contracts Ebola and needs to be repatriated to the UK receives the best possible care and treatment. The NHS has a special unit at the Royal Free in London which is well prepared to receive this patient.”