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    Second WHO doctor contracts Ebola in Sierra Leone

    APA-Freetown (Sierra Leone)

    The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday it has instituted investigation into how a doctor working for it in the Kenema treatment center in eastern Sierra Leone contracted the Ebola virus.

    The doctor who has not been identified was set to be evacuated for treatment abroad. WHO did not say which country he was being taken to, but a WHO spokeswoman in Freetown also declined to reveal either the patient’s name or nationality, citing patient confidentiality. This brings to two the number of WHO doctors who have contracted the disease. But in total, five doctors have fallen victim, with all three working for the government dead. The first WHO doctor to contract the disease last month, a Senegalese epidemiologist, is receiving treatment in Germany. Kenema is home to one of only two functioning Ebola treatment facilities in the country presently. Several others are under construction. Due to rapid growth of cases of the epidemic across the country, the center located within the Kenema Government Hospital is filled to the brim, which WHO and other aid workers say put health workers in extreme risk. Most of the over 50 health workers who have contracted the virus in Sierra Leone did so in Kenema.


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