Doctor Dies of Ebola in Nebraska Hospital
Medical Officials have confirmed that Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leon died early Monday morning at a Nebraska hospital.
This is the second death from the virus out of 10 known cases that have been treated in the United States.
Dr. Phil Smith, the director of the bio containment unit said that Salia was in an extremely critical state when he arrived at the Nebraska Medical Center on Saturday afternoon.
“He had no kidney function, he was working extremely hard to breathe and he was unresponsive,” Dr. Daniel Johnson said.
Salia, who was a medical officer at the United Methodist Kissy Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leon, tested positive lat week for Ebola, but the United Methodist Church’s news service said it was unclear how or where he contracted Ebola.
The 44-year-old was flown to the United States at the request of his wife who lives in Maryland.
He was the third patient treated at Omaha hospital. The two other Ebola patients recovered after being infected in Liberia.
Staff who worked directly on Salia will take their temperatures twice a day as well as check for daily symptoms of the disease. These results will then be logged into a database.
Dr. Smith said that, “As long as they are asymptomatic they are considered safe,” Smith said. “Even if they were infected, they would not spread it to anyone else.”
The current outbreak of Ebola is the worst on record and it has killed at least 5,177 people, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization. Most of the deaths have occurred in Sierra Leon, Liberia and Guinea.