Second Ebola patient dies in U.S.
An American doctor who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus has died.
Dr. Martin Salia was flown to Nebraska from Sierra Leone over the weekend for treatment. Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted the disease in Liberia and traveled to Dallas, died last month.
Salia landed Saturday in Omaha. He was the 10th patient to be treated on American soil and the third at Nebraska Medical Center. Hospital officials had said that he was perhaps sicker than any other patient flown to the United States from West Africa.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the hospital’s biocontainment unit. “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.”
The hospital is scheduled to release further details later Monday. Our condolences to Dr. Salia’s family.
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