UN Medical Worker Dies of Ebola in Germany

World | October 14, 2014, Tuesday // 16:02|  views

An entance sign at the St. Georg Clinic, where an Ebola patient died, in Leipzig, Germany, 14 October 2014. Photo EPA/BGNES

A United Nations medical worker infected with Ebola virus while working in Liberia has died in a hospital in Germany.

German medical authorities said on Tuesday the man – a doctor from Sudan whose name has not been released - died overnight in St. Georg hospital in the city ofLeipzigdespite "intensive medical procedures".

The man, 56, tested positive for Ebola on October 6 and was taken to Germany for treatment three days later.

His case prompted the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia to put 41 staff members who had possibly been in contact with him under "close medical observation.”

The Sudanese man is the second official from that mission to die from Ebola after a colleague died on September 25.

The Leipzig clinic has assured the public that there is no risk of infection for people in the area. 

According to the World Health Organisation, around 8,400 people have been infected with Ebola after the current outbreak of the disease in Africa. Out of those infected, over 4,000 people have died.

The Ebola epidemic is still out of control in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in West Africa.

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Tags: Ebola, Germany, World Health Organisation, Liberia, Leipzig


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