Sad news from Sierra Leone

In the past several months, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan has been a leader in the fight against the deadliest and largest Ebola outbreak in history.Khan, 39, has treated over 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. He’s a “national hero,” the country’s health minister said Tuesday.Wellington boots, part of health workers’ protective gear, hang out to dry at the Doctors Without Borders’ treatment center in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. Dr. Khan is now an Ebola patient in the center’s isolation ward.  Khan is being treated at an isolation ward in , run by Doctors Without Borders, the Sierra Leone government said in a statement.  Since the outbreak started in March, more than 1,000 people have been infected in three countries; 604 people have died, the World Health Organization Saturday. Sierra Leone has reported 442 cases and 206 deaths.  Khan had worked for years treating people for another viral disease, called Lassa fever, which causes symptoms similar to Ebola. When cases of Ebola started to emerge in Sierra Leone, Khan immediately turned his attention to the outbreak and started treating patients at a hospital in Kenema.

via A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus : Goats and Soda : NPR.

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