Sheik Umar Khan was known as the doctor leading Sierra Leone’s fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record, but has unfortunately yesterday, after becoming infected with the virus. died from the virus on Tuesday, the country’s chief medical officer said.
Khan’s death comes right after dozens of other health worker deaths, and the infection of two American medics in neighboring Liberia, according to Reuters.
Ebola deaths are rising, having killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began in February, according to the World Health Organization.
In addition to the deaths in those countries, Nigeria has also quarantined a Lagos hospital after Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for Liberia’s finance ministry, died while in treatment.
“The private hospital was demobilized (evacuated) and the primary source of infection eliminated,” said Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris, Reuters reports.
“The best thing would be if people did not travel when they were sick, but the problem is people won’t say when they’re sick. They will lie in order to travel, so it is doubtful travel recommendations would have a big impact,” said Dr. David Heymann, professor of infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
“The important thing is for countries to be prepared when they get patients infected with Ebola, that they are isolated, family members are told what to do and health workers take the right steps.”
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