Ebola: Sierra Leone surgeon dies in US

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A surgeon from Sierra Leone has died of Ebola in the USA after arriving from West Africa over the weekend.

A permanent US resident, Dr Martin Salia contracted the virus while working in a hospital in Freetown, according to his family.

Dr Salia was suffering from respiratory and kidney failure when he arrived at Nebraska Medical Centre.

“He arrived in a very critical condition in spite of that we had nurses and doctors working literally around the clock to try to reverse his condition but we were unable to do so,” Dr Phil Smith, Medical Director Biocontanment Unit UNMC said in a statement. He added that early diagnosis was critical to treating the deadly disease. Dr Salia had originally displayed symptoms a week ago, but had tested negative for Ebola.

Rosanna Morris, Chief Nursing Officer Nebraska Medicine expressed her thanks for all involved with the treatment of Ebola in Nebraska and paid tribute to Dr Salia.

“I want to thank our local heroes who took care of a global hero these past few days, they did a remarkable job. Their work was second to none,” she said at the press conference.

Dr Salia is the second person to die from the virus on American soil. Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, who travelled to the US in September, died of Ebola on October 8.

It comes as the US added Mali to the list of countries whose travellers receive a screening after several cases of the deadly virus were reported. More than 440 people considered at risk have been placed under observation in the West African country.