The Ebola virus killed one of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors on Sunday.
Two Americans were also infected with the disease.
The Ebola virus is fatal in 90 percent of cases.
Dr. Kent Brantly, left, and Nancy Writebol, two American health care workers in Africa, have contracted the Ebola virus. CBS NEWS
The Post Bulletin reported:
One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, officials said Sunday, and an American physician was being treated for the deadly virus, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people in West Africa — the largest ever recorded.
A second American, a missionary working in the Liberian capital, was also taken ill and was being treated in isolation there, said the pastor of a North Carolina church that sponsored her work.
Dr. Samuel Brisbane, a top Liberian health official, was treating Ebola patients at the country’s largest hospital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia, when he fell ill. He died Saturday, said Tolbert Nyenswah, an assistant health minister. A Ugandan doctor died earlier this month.
The John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia may shut down due to the massive outbreak.
All Africa reported:
Authorities at the state run John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Hospital here are said to be considering plans to shut down all activities at the hospital for 21-days due to the increasing number of reported Ebola cases, this paper have learnt.
JFK is one of the biggest state run referral hospitals here and has ushered in a number of Ebola suspected cases, many of whom have died.
The news come amidst unconfirmed reports of the death of one of the hospital’s senior medical practitioner, Dr, Samuel Brisbane, a former Chief Medical Doctor at the Firestone Rubber Plantation run Hospital from the deadly Ebola virus here on Thursday July 24, 2014.
The Assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Services Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah said he could not confirm the reported death of Dr. Brisbane on Thursday because he had not received the information at the time. Sources say authorities at the JFK are said to be taking the measure to observe the current Ebola cases already at hospital within that 21 day period.
On July 8, 2014, Samaritan’s Purse assumed responsibility for the Foya Case Management Center (CMC) in northern Liberia, near the border with Guinea. (Christian Post)