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Sierra Leone national and resident of US dies of Ebola

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A doctor being treated for the deadly Ebola virus disease has died at the Nebraska Medical Center in the US state of Nebraska.

Dr. Martin Salia, a native of Sierra Leone and permanent US resident, was seriously ill when he was airlifted from West Africa to the US on Sunday, the hospital said in a statement.

The surgeon, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, was suffering from advanced Ebola virus symptoms, including kidney and respiratory failure, the hospital said.

“Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him,” Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medical Center, said in a statement on Monday.

The 44-year-old, who was chief medical officer at United Methodist Kissy Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, showed symptoms and tested positive last week for Ebola, according to the United Methodist Church’s news service.

According to the State Department, the doctor was evacuated from Sierra Leon at the request of his Maryland-based American wife, who agreed to repay the US government for any treatment expense.

The death of a second Ebola patient in the US comes as officials and nurses believe the US is not prepared for an Ebola outbreak.

Around 20,000 nurses walked out in strike in northern California on Tuesday to protest insufficient protection for health workers who may care for Ebola patients.

The infection of two nurses caring for Thomas Duncan, a Liberian who died from Ebola virus, has caused concerns. Duncan died on October 8. Nurses Amber Vinson and Nina Pham, however, survived the infection.

So far, this has been the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. The virus has killed at least 5,177 people, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization.


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