Second doctor in Sierra Leone dies of Ebola

August 14, 2014 6:55 PM

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Second doctor in Sierra Leone dies of Ebola

A second doctor working on the front lines of Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola has died after contracting the virus. Published reports say Dr. Modupeh Cole passed away on Wednesday at a treatment center managed by Doctors Without Borders, an international organization that provides emergency medical aid. Health officials said the doctor became ill after treating a patient at Connaught Hospital, the leading facility in the capital of Freetown, where he worked.

Dr. Amara Jambai, director of prevention and control at the health ministry in Sierra Leone, praised Cole as a "highly qualified physician." Cole's death comes just two weeks after Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, a leading virologist in Sierra Leone, lost his battle against the disease.

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