Doctor leading fight to control Ebola in Sierra Leone has become infected; Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola

Sheik Umar Khan

The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the president’s office said.

Thirty-nine-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a “national hero” by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country.

There is no cure or vaccine for Ebola which can kill up to 90% of those infected, although the mortality rate of the current outbreak is lower at around 60%…

Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola:

(Reuters) – A Liberian man in his 40s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos, a mega-city of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Ebola has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak in February, straining their flimsy healthcare systems despite international help.

A spokesman for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva confirmed Nigeria had “one suspect case” and said samples had been sent to a WHO lab for testing.

“The Nigerian Ministry of Health has implemented control measures in the meantime,” he told Reuters.

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