Soldier gets Ebola but is not among peacekeepers
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - A Sierra Leone soldier has tested positive for Ebola but he is not a member of a battalion set to deploy to Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping mission, a government spokesman said Tuesday.
The troops' mission will be to protect the Somali government and fight al-Shabab militants. Their deployment was put on hold this summer when an Ebola outbreak in West Africa spiraled out of control. The soldiers were isolated to allay concerns they might bring Ebola into Somalia. Their deployment suspension was lifted in recent days, an AU official in Somalia said.
Abdulai Bayraytay, a spokesman for the Sierra Leone government, told The Associated Press that the soldier with Ebola was not stationed at the peace mission training center in Hastings, 12 miles (19 kilometers) east of Freetown, where the Somalia-bound troops have been kept in isolation.