Second Sierra Leone doctor dies from Ebola

Second Sierra Leone doctor dies from Ebola
Sierra Leone medical Clinical officers check on arriving passengers by taking their temperature on August 12, 2014 at Sierra Leone's International Airport, in Freetown.

FREETOWN - A second Sierra Leonean doctor has died after contracting the deadly Ebola virus, health officials said on Wednesday.

Dr Modupeh Cole, a senior physician at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown, was diagnosed with Ebola last Friday and taken to the specialist Kailahun Treatment Centre the following day.

His death was confirmed by the country's chief medical officer, Dr Brima Kargbo.

"We are all very, very saddened," he said. Dr Cole was a "very powerful presence in the country's medical team and has been very instrumental in the fight against the Ebola virus." Cole's death came about two weeks after Sierra Leone's leading anti-Ebola expert, Dr Umar Khan, also died from the virus.

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