Second Sierra Leone doctor dies from Ebola as West Africa awaits experimental drugs
Published on Aug 13, 2014 9:51 PM
FREETOWN (AFP) - A second senior doctor in Sierra Leone was confirmed dead from Ebola on Wednesday as west Africa anxiously awaited the arrival of experimental drugs to tackle the deadliest-ever outbreak of the virus.
Sierre Leone's chief medical officer Brima Kargbo said Dr Modupeh Cole, a senior physician in the capital Freetown, had been "instrumental in the fight against the Ebola virus".
Dr Cole's death came only a fortnight after the country's only virologist and leading Ebola expert, Dr Umar Khan, succumbed to the tropical disease.
Another of the worst-hit countries, Liberia, is scrambling to save two of its own infected doctors and hopes an experimental serum from the United States will arrive in time.
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