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Top Sierra Leone Ebola Doctor Dies From Virus

Sheik Umar Khan.

Photo by Umaru Fofana/Reuters

Last week, reports emerged that Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor, Sheik Umar Khan, had been infected with the virus. On Tuesday, Khan died. From Reuters:

The death of Sheik Umar Khan, who was credited with treating more than 100 patients, follows those of dozens of local health workers and the infection of two American medics in neighbouring Liberia, highlighting the dangers faced by staff trying to halt the disease’s spread across West Africa.

A senior doctor in Liberia died of Ebola this weekend as well, while a man who succumbed to the virus in Nigeria was reportedly a Liberian-born American whose wife lives in Minnesota. At least 672 individuals have been killed in total during the recent outbreak.