Korean Ebola Patients Could Be Airlifted Home

If Koreans contract the deadly Ebola virus overseas, the government will transport him back to Korea for treatment.

Kwon Joon-wook of the Ministry of Health and Welfare said during an Ebola forum hosted by the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, "If any Koreans living in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone or Nigeria test positive for Ebola and wish to be treated in Korea, there may be resistance from the public, but the government will make utmost efforts to have them treated here."

The government has already prepared quarantine facilities in 17 hospitals around the country to treat Ebola patients, but no preparations have been made for transporting them back to Korea.

A government official said, "We're considering a number of options, including military aircraft."

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 13, 2014 12:37 KST