The Australian Medical Association says it has detected a new strain of the Ebola virus in an Australian woman who has died.
A senior AAML official says the woman had recently travelled to Liberia where she was infected with the virus.
The woman had travelled to Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, where she had been infected with Ebola.
She died on the way to hospital.
“We have a new virus that we are tracking, we are seeing an increase in transmission and we are now in the process of monitoring that virus in a pregnant woman, so we are not yet confident of any transmission,” senior AAMIAC executive director, David Anderson, said.
“There’s been an increase, it’s in her blood.
She was on a plane to Australia at the time.”
Mr Anderson said the AAMl is “very worried” that the virus was circulating in the country, which is now dealing with the Ebola outbreak.
“This is not something that we’ve seen before in this country.
The risk of transmission in the context of the outbreak, and in the community, has been high,” he said.AAML has said it will work with Liberia’s health authorities to identify the woman and monitor her for the rest of her pregnancy.
The AAMln said it was concerned about the risk of contagion for the pregnant woman as well as for the baby.
“The AAMI Health Department will be conducting follow-up visits on the woman to assess any signs of infection and to determine if there is any risk to the baby,” the AAMI said in a statement.
“It is vital that the mother and baby are not at risk of infection from this virus, but are not under any direct risk of becoming infected themselves.”