Ebola-infected surgeon from Sierra Leone, Dr Martin Salia, dies at US hospital

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Dr Martin Salia

A doctor from Sierra Leone infected with the Ebola virus has died after being flown to the United States for treatment, the Nebraska Medical Centre says.

“We are extremely sorry to announce that the third patient we’ve cared for with the Ebola virus, Dr Martin Salia, has passed away as a result of the advanced symptoms of the disease,” the hospital said in a statement.

Hospital officials had said he was seriously ill when he was airlifted to the United States from West Africa.

“Dr Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him,” Dr Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medical Center, said.

Dr Salia, 44, was chief medical officer at United Methodist Kissy Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, when he tested positive last week for Ebola, according to the United Methodist Church’s news…

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