Top Ebola Doc Dies in Outbreak

And an American doctor is sickened in worst outbreak on record
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2014 6:31 AM CDT
Top Ebola Doc Dies in Outbreak
In this 2014 photo, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia.   (AP Photo/Samaritan's Purse)

The Ebola outbreak that has killed 129 people thus far in Liberia has now claimed the life of a senior doctor who worked at the nation's top hospital; the death yesterday of Dr. Samuel Brisbane comes after top virologist Dr. Sheik Umar Khan became ill with the disease last week. Brisbane is the first Liberian doctor to die in the outbreak, which has also killed 319 in Guinea and 224 in Sierra Leone and is now the largest outbreak on record, reports the AP. Sky News notes that an American doctor, Kent Brantly, who works in Liberia with aid organization Samaritan's Purse, has also been hospitalized with Ebola. His illness comes as Nigeria saw its first death from the disease, a man who had traveled from Liberia. (Read more Ebola stories.)

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