Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches virus

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(28 Jul 2014) A leading Sierra Leone politician claimed the doctor in charge of battling the country’s current Ebola outbreak was recovering after he contracted the virus a couple of weeks ago.
Speaking on Sunday, John Oponjo Benjamin, the leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), said Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan had contracted the deadly disease while treating patients in Kenema.
The news that Khan had the virus caused nurses at the hospital to go on a temporary strike and demand the Ebola centre be relocated from the district hospital.
The stricken doctor has been described as a national hero by some politicians for the sacrifices he has made during the current outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever.
It has also caused panic among local residents.
Khan is currently receiving treatment at a Doctors Without Borders treatment centre in Sierra Leone’s eastern Kailahun district.
The highly contagious Ebola virus is one of the most deadly diseases in the world.
The World Health Organisation said that this year’s outbreak has killed more than 670 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
There is no known cure for Ebola, which begins with symptoms including fever and sore throat and escalates to vomiting, diarrhoea and internal and external bleeding.

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