British military to provide support in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

The crew of the vessel is to provide transport and support to medical teams and aid workers.

A member of the Hazmat crew carries a barrel down stairs from the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan the Ebola patient was staying in Dallas, Texas on 3 October 2014. EPA/Larry Smith.

LONDON - 750 British military personnel and a medical ship are preparing to leave the UK for Sierra Leone to tackle the Ebola crisis.

The crew of the vessel is to provide transport and support to medical teams and aid workers trying to contain the virus.

Meanwhile a Texas health care worker who treated a man who later died of Ebola has tested positive for the disease in a preliminary test.

The health care worker reported a low-grade fever Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing, it said.

Texas Department of State Health Services says they knew there was a strong chance there would be a second case and have already taken precautions.

Thomas Duncan, who caught the virus in his native Liberia, died at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Wednesday.