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Italian doctor stricken with Ebola planning African return

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Rome, March 4 - The Italian doctor who almost died
from the Ebola virus contracted last year in Sierra Leone said
Wednesday that he is preparing to return to Africa in May.
"I feel good, just a little tired," said Fabrizio
Pulvirenti, who was rushed back to Italy last November after
falling ill with the deadly virus.
He was treated for several weeks in a special treatment
centre in Rome before his release in early January.
He has been recuperating at home in Sicily since then, but
always maintained that once recovered, he would return to his
work in Africa.
Speaking to an informal meeting of the Senate's health
committee, Pulvirenti focused on the Ebola crisis in Sierra
Leone in particular.
It is one of the countries with the highest number of
reported cases.
He was treated at Rome's Spallanzani clinic using a therapy
that involves plasma from a convalescent - in this case, from
Spain.
Pulvirenti said that he is now donating plasma for future
treatment procedures.
Nearly 10,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, the
vast majority in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the BBC
reported on its website on Tuesday.
That came as about 600 delegates from around the world met
in Brussels to discuss the disease and long-term plans to fight
it.

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