Doctor dubbed ‘national hero’ for treating Ebola contracts disease2
What happens when one of the world’s leading doctors working on the Ebola virus gets infected himself? This tells you the seriousness of the epidemic, now that the health of one of the leading minds in the field is now in jeopardy. The Ebola virus is getting out of control and kills most of the people in its wake. The world has undergone massive health epidemics in the past, so perhaps we must carefully prepare and protect ourselves for what might come in the future.
The head doctor working in Sierra Leone to treat a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus has now contracted the disease.
Sheik Umar Khan, a 39-year-old virologist who’s treated more than 100 Ebola victims, has been diagnosed with the incurable tropical disease which has already killed 206 people in the country, Reuters reports.
A source at the Medecins Sans Frontieres medical ward where Khan was transferred to undergo treatment, confirmed that Khan was alive and under the care of doctors, but did not elaborate on his current condition.
The Ebola virus, which has no cure or vaccine and a 90% kill rate, has already taken the lives of 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the latest World Health Organization data report.
Released on Saturday, the report revealed that there were 19 new deaths and 67 new cases since the last statement was released four days prior.