Ebola virus spreads to Liberia medical staff

Sunday, July 27, 2014
By Paul Martin

Senior Liberian doctor working at the country’s largest hospital dies, as American aid doctor is infected.

Aljazeera.com
27 Jul 2014

A senior doctor working at Liberia’s largest hospital has died of Ebola, becoming the first Liberian doctor to die in an outbreak the World Health Organisation (WHO) says has killed 129 people in the country.

Tolbert Nyenswah, an assistant health minister, said Dr Samuel Brisbane died on Saturday at an Ebola treatment centre on the outskirts of the capital, Monrovia.

The WHO says the outbreak, the largest recorded so far, has also killed 319 people in Guinea and 224 in Sierra Leone.

Health workers are at serious risk of contracting the disease, which spreads through contact with bodily fluids.

Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor fell ill with the disease last week, and the aid group Samaritan’s Purse said on Saturday that an American doctor in Liberia was also sick.

Isolation

The charity said Dr Kent Brantly had been isolated at the group’s Ebola treatment centre at the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

“Dr. Brantly is married with two children,” the group said, in a statement posted to its website on Saturday.

“Samaritan’s Purse is committed to doing everything possible to help Dr Brantly during this time of crisis. We ask everyone to please pray for him and his family.”

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