Monday, November 03, 2014

Sierra Leone Reports 5th Doctor To Succumb To Ebola



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As I pointed out yesterday in French MOH Statement On UN Employee Evacuated From Sierra Leone With Ebola, as of Friday’s WHO Ebola Response Situation Report:


A total of 523 health-care workers (HCWs) are known to have been infected with EVD up to the end of 29 October: 82 in Guinea; 299 in Liberia; 11 in Nigeria; 127 in Sierra Leone; one in Spain; and three in the United States of America (two were infected in the USA and one in Guinea). A total of 269 HCWs have died.

The vast majority of these losses have come among local nurses, and healthcare workers, whose names we rarely hear, and whose personal sacrifice or struggle is only known to their families and co-workers.  More visible to the media are cases where  doctors, or international volunteers, are infected.


Today multiple media sources are reporting that Dr. Godfrey George, medical superintendent of Kambia Government Hospital in northern Sierra Leone, has died from the Ebola virus.   


Sierra Leone Says Another Doctor Dies of Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Nov 3, 2014, 7:46 AM ET


A doctor in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola — the fifth local doctor in the West African nation to die of the disease, authorities said Monday.

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While field reports are difficult to evaluate, we continue to see stories suggesting the outbreak in Sierra Leone may be far worse than previously reported (see UK Independent Report Ebola outbreak: Virus 'spreading quickly' in Sierra Leone ).

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