Sierra Leone Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Paul Martin


FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A doctor in Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, dealing yet another blow to the country’s fight against the deadly outbreak, an official announced Tuesday.

Dr. Martin Salia, a specialist surgeon at a major hospital in the capital of Freetown, is the sixth Sierra Leonean doctor to become infected in this outbreak. Salia is receiving treatment, said Dr. Brima Kargbo, Sierra Leone’s chief medical officer. He offered no other details.

Health workers are at particular risk because Ebola is transmitted through the bodily fluids of the sick – who are often vomiting or bleeding uncontrollably – and more than 500 have become infected in this outbreak. Even with the proper protection, staying safe while treating Ebola patients requires rigorous attention to detail, and the smallest mistake can lead to an infection.

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