Top doc in Ebola treatment in Sierra Leona has contracted deadly disease


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Top doc in Ebola treatment in Sierra Leona has contracted deadly disease

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 24, 2014

A chief doctor treating the Ebola virus in Sierra Leona has been infected with the lethal disease. Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan is being treated by the French aid group Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders.)

"Until falling ill, Khan had been overseeing Ebola treatment and isolation units at Kenema Government Hospital, about 185 miles east of the capital Freetown," reports CNN.

According to CNN, the country's Ministry of Health confirms that "Sierra Leone has had 427 confirmed cases of Ebola and 144 deaths." Adding, "More than 1,000 people have contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, according to the World Health Organization."

The Ebola outbreak is believed to have originated in the jungle near West Africa. 

"The disease isn't contagious until symptoms appear. Symptoms include fever, headache and fatigue. At that point, the Ebola virus is spread via bodily fluids," CNN details.

Most patients die within an estimated 10 days due to hemorrhaging, as the virus stops blood from clotting. However, early treatment has dropped the death rate from 90% to 60%.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.