Dr. Martin Salia has died. The surgeon was being treated for Ebola at a Nebraska hospital. He contracted the Ebola virus while helping fight the disease in Sierra Leone.
Salia was transported from Africa to Nebraska, where he was immediately placed inside a biocontainment unit. In a news release on Monday morning the hospital announced that Dr. Salia has succumbed to the deadly virus.
“Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite out best efforts, we weren’t able to save him,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit.
Dr. Salia arrived at the hospital on Saturday. The Omaha facility had previously succeeded in fighting the disease in two other Ebola patients.
The 44-year-old doctor was working as a general surgeon at Kissy United Methodist Hospital in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. That facility is not a treatment center for the deadly virus which has claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people in West Africa. The disease has been most widely spread in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leona.
While his primary work was focused at Kissy United Methodist Hospital, Dr. Salia also traveled to three other facilities for various operations.
Dr. Salia was a Sierra Leone citizen who lived in Maryland. He first showed signs of Ebola on November 6, but tests returned a negative diagnosis. On November 10 the surgeon was tested a second time, and his tests for Ebola were positive.
U.S. officials chose to fly Dr. Salia Martin to Omaha in the hopes that the virus could be contained and defeated. The Omaha facility is one of only four in the United States to be specially equipped for fighting the Ebola virus.
This article was syndicated from Business 2 Community: Dr. Martin Salia Dies While Being Treated For Ebola In Nebraska
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