20 October 2014

Oslo – Today medical doctor and Doctors Without Borders  (MSF) field worker Silje Lehne Michalsen was discharged from Oslo University Hospital, Ulleval. She was cared for the hemorrhagic fever Ebola after having contracted the disease in Sierra Leone in early October.

Michalsen is now fully recovered and no longer contagious.

“We are very happy and relieved that our Norwegian colleague has recovered, but we remain vigilant and focused on the work we have yet to do to put a stop to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa,” says Brice de le Vingne, MSF Director of operations. “There is no such thing as zero risk and MSF remains committed to fighting this unprecedented outbreak.”

Since March, MSF has dispatched more than 500 international aid workers and employed more than 3000 local staff in its efforts to halt the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

So far, 23 MSF staff members have become infected with Ebola including two international staff. In total 13 have sadly passed away while seven have recovered. Every time an MSF staff is infected with the virus, a full investigation is undertaken. The majority of infections took place outside of the Ebola management centres.

Find out more about MSF in Sierra Leone.