Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Global Impact: The Death Toll from Ebola Continues to Rise

According to The Associated Press, a United Nations medical worker who was infected with Ebola in Liberia has died despite "intensive medical procedures," a German hospital said Tuesday (October 14).

The St. Georg hospital in Leipzig said the 56-year-old man, whose name has not been released, died overnight of the infection. It released no further details and did not answer telephone calls.
The man tested positive for Ebola on October 6, prompting Liberia's UN peacekeeping mission to place 41 staff members who had possibly been in contact with him under "close medical observation."
The man arrived in Leipzig for treatment on October 9. The hospital's chief executive, Dr. Iris Minde, said at the time that there was no risk of infection for other patients, relatives, visitors or the public.
COMMENT: The patient was kept in a secure isolation ward specially equipped with negative pressure rooms that are hermetically sealed and can only be accessed through a number of airlocks. All air and fluids are filtered and all equipment is decontaminated after use, Minde said.
The Ebola patient was the third to be flown to Germany for treatment.
The first, a Senegalese man infected with Ebola while working for WHO in Sierra Leone was brought to a Hamburg hospital in late August for treatment. The man was released October 3 after recovering and returned to his home country, the hospital said.
Another patient, a Ugandan man who worked for an Italian aid group in West Africa, is undergoing treatment in a Frankfurt hospital.

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