Leading Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola

Leading Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola

Leading Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola

Written by Staff Writer

19 Dec, 2014 | 12:02 pm

Sierra Leone’s leading doctor died of Ebola on Thursday, hours after the arrival in the country of an experimental drug that could have been used to treat him.

Victor Willoughby was diagnosed with Ebola last week after he treated a man with organ-related problems. The patient, a senior banker, was later diagnosed with Ebola and has since died.

The drug, ZMab, was transported in frozen form on a Brussels Airlines flight that arrived overnight.

Before it could thaw, Willoughby’s condition deteriorated.

According to World Health Organization figures, his death brings to 12 the number of Sierra Leone doctors to have contracted the virus. Eleven have died. In all, 142 health workers have been infected with the disease in the West African country and 109 have died.

Sierra Leone, neighboring Guinea and Liberia are at the heart of the world’s worst recorded outbreak of Ebola. Rates of infection are rising fastest in Sierra Leone, which now accounts for more than half of the 18,603 confirmed cases of the virus.

The overall death toll from the epidemic has risen to 6,915 as of Dec. 14.

 

Source : Hindustan Times

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