Second Doctor Dies in Deadly Ebola Outbreak

the MPR take:

Over 670 individuals in West Africa have died in the largest Ebola outbreak on record, including a top Liberian health official who was treating patients. Dr. Samuel Brisbane fell ill while working at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia; he is the second doctor to die from Ebola after treating patients infected with the disease. Dr. Kent Brantly, an American doctor also treating patients in Liberia, has contracted the Ebola virus and is receiving intensive medical care while in stable condition. At least 1,201 individuals have contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea since the first reported cases were confirmed in March. Because the virus is spread through contact with bodily fluids, even with precautions health workers are at a significantly greater risk of contracting the virus.

Second Doctor Dies in Deadly Ebola Outbreak
Second Doctor Dies in Deadly Ebola Outbreak

(MONROVIA, Liberia) - One of Liberia's most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa - the largest ever recorded.

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