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Sierra Leone Loses 10th Doctor to Ebola Day After 2 Others Died

By    |   Monday, 08 Dec 2014 08:50 AM

The 10th doctor succumbed to Ebola in Sierra Leon a day after two other doctors died from the disease, emphasizes the tremendous toll the deadly virus has taken on health care workers.

The Associated Press reported Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brima Kargbo as saying Dr. Aiah Solomon Konoyeima died Saturday.

Konoyeima worked at a children's hospital in the capital and tested positive for Ebola about two weeks ago. He was treated at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center, which is staffed exclusively by Sierra Leonean medical personnel, as compared to many other treatment units, which are run by international organizations or employ some foreign staff.

Because Ebola is transmitted through the bodily fluids of the sick and dead, it is sometimes called the "caretakers' disease." Hundreds of health workers have been infected in this outbreak.

In the current outbreak, Ebola has sickened more than 17,500 people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Of those, about 6,200 have died. It is currently spreading fastest in Sierra Leone.

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