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Sierra Leone's top doctor dies of Ebola

19 December 2014, 12:30

Freetown - Sierra Leone's leading doctor died of Ebola on Thursday, hours after the arrival in the country of an experimental drug that could have been used to treat him, the chief medical officer said.

Victor Willoughby was diagnosed with Ebola last week after he treated a man with organ-related problems. The patient, a senior banker, was later diagnosed with Ebola and has since died.

The drug, ZMab, was transported in frozen form on a Brussels Airlines flight that arrived overnight. But before it could thaw, Willoughby's condition deteriorated, said chief medical officer Brima Kargbo.

Read: Warehouse holding Ebola supplies in Guinea catches fire

His death brings to 12 the number of Sierra Leone doctors to have contracted the virus. Eleven have died. In all, 142 health workers have been infected with the disease in the West African country and 109 have died, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures.

Sierra Leone, neighbouring Guinea and Liberia are at the heart of the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola. Rates of infection are rising fastest in Sierra Leone, which now accounts for more than half of the 18 603 confirmed cases of the virus.

The overall death toll from the epidemic has risen to 6 915 as of December 14, the WHO said on Wednesday, adding that the increase in cases in Sierra Leone appeared to have slowed.

Read: 11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola

Kargbo said Willoughby's death was the most tragic to hit the country since the passing, in July, of its only virologist and Ebola specialist, Dr Shek Humar Khan.

"We all looked up to Dr Willoughby and would consult him on many issues relating to our medical profession," Kargbo said.

Ebola centres in Sierra Leone overflowed on Wednesday as health workers combed the streets of the capital Freetown for patients, after the government launched a major operation to contain the epidemic.

- Reuters


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