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UN medical worker dies of Ebola in Germany

A UN medical worker who was infected with Ebola while in Liberia died Monday night in a clinic in Leipzig, Germany. The man, originally from Sudan, was 56 years old and had received intensive treatments and experimental drugs to combat the virus. He had tested positive for Ebola on Oct. 6, and arrived in Germany in critical but stable condition.

Germany has treated two separate patients with Ebola who were infected in Sierra Leone at hospitals in Frankfurt and Hamburg. The clinic in Leipzig assures all citizens that the patient was kept in isolation and that there is no risk of the virus spreading to the general population.

Ebola has killed more than 4000 people this year since March and has caused one of the largest health epidemics in western Africa. It is most prevalent in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal and Nigeria. According to the World Health Organization the rate of new cases in some “epicentre areas” has slowed while the number of cases within the capitals of the worst affected countries is on the rise. The WHO hopes to isolate 70% of all patients by Dec. 1.

Teresa Romero Ramos, the Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola after treating missionaries in Madrid, has showed signs of slight improvement. This follows the death of Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan in a Dallas hospital, and the confirmed diagnosis of NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo who is being treated in Nebraska.

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