(AGI) Rome, Nov 24 - An Italian doctor has tested positive forthe Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. The doctor, who works forEmergency, an NGO, is being airlifted to the National Institutefor Infectious Diseases at Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome onMonday night, reported the Ministry of Health. He will betransferred in biologically secure transport. Minister ofHealth, Beatrice Lorenzin, said: "I want to reassure the familythat our doctor is fine. He had no fever or other symptomsduring the night. This morning he had breakfast and continuesto drink without assistance. I would like to express mycloseness to him and his family and assure them that theItalian government is concerned." The doctor, who works at acentre for people with Ebola in Lakka, Sierra Leone, remains ingood general health. Emergency said all staff at the carecentre are trained in security protocols to prevent infectionand the spread of the virus. However, no medical interventionin such a serious epidemic can be considered completely riskfree. In Sierra Leone the epidemic continues to spread withmore than 100 new cases a day. According to the World HealthOrganisation more than 5,000 people in the country have thevirus, but the real figure could be much higher. (AGI) . .