Although much can be done to substantially reduce the risks of working with Ebola patients, or inside the Ebola `hot zone’ in Western Africa, we’ve ample evidence that neither pursuits are entirely risk free.
Details remain scant, but multiple media outlets are reporting that UNMIL – the United Nations Mission In Liberia – has announced their second staffer to be infected with the Ebola virus during this outbreak.
This from VOA News.
A member of the U.S army walks past a newly constructed Ebola treatment centre in Bongcounty, on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 7, 2014.
October 08, 2014 7:18 AM
The United Nations mission in Liberia says a second member of its staff has contracted Ebola.
In a statement Wednesday, the mission said the international medical official is undergoing treatment, but did not specify their nationality.
The first infected staff member died last month.
Meanwhile, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the fight against Ebola in Africa will be long and hard, but that there are real signs of progress.
Dr. Thomas Frieden told reporters Tuesday the advances include better training, more understanding of the virus and safer practices for burying Ebola victims.
The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 3,400 people - with most cases in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.