Another doctor catches Ebola in Sierra Leone

Another doctor catches Ebola in Sierra Leone

Another doctor from Sierra Leone has tested positive for Ebola, marking a setback for efforts to keep desperately needed health care workers safe.

The country’s government chief medical officer Dr Brima Kargbo confirmed today that a fifth doctor has tested positive.

The other four all have died from the virus that has killed nearly 5,000 across West Africa.

The sick physician has been identified as Dr Godfrey George, medical superintendent of Kambia Government Hospital in northern Sierra Leone.

He was driven to the capital of Freetown after reporting he was not feeling well.

Doctors and nurses have been the most vulnerable to contracting Ebola, as the virus is spread through bodily fluids.

Some 523 health workers have contracted Ebola, and about half of them have died.

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