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Authorities in Sierra Leone stated on Sunday that another Physician has been tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. This is a major setback in efforts to curtail the deadly virus in the West African country especially because the victim is a health worker.
Government Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brima Kargbo confirmed on Sunday that a fifth doctor in Sierra Leone had tested positive. The other four all have died from the virus that has killed nearly 5,000 across West Africa.
The sick doctor, identified as Dr. Godfrey George, medical superintendent of Kambia Government Hospital in Northern Sierra Leone was driven to the capital, Freetown, after reporting he wasn’t feeling well.
Doctors and nurses have been the most vulnerable to contracting Ebola, as the virus is spread through bodily fluids. Some 523 health workers have contracted Ebola, and about half of them have died.
France’s government also announced in a statement late Saturday that a U.N. employee had been evacuated in Sierra Leone by a special flight and was undergoing treatment in “high-security isolation” in the Begin Army Training Hospital in Saint-Mande, near Paris.