The Ebola virus claimed its second victim on US soil after a surgeon from Sierra Leone died from the virus around 4 a.m. on Monday morning, Yahoo News reports. Dr. Martin Salia had been treating patients with the disease in his home country of Sierra Leone before being airlifted to the US on Saturday to receive treatment at the Nebraska Medical Center in a bid to beat the disease he had been treating since the outbreak began in Sierra Leone. People in the health industry like Keith Mann have expressed condolences.
Dr. Salia is reported to have worked in at least four medical centers treating patients infected with Ebola. The surgeon is said to have begun showing the first signs and symptoms of the virus on Nov. 6th and the infection was confirmed on Nov. 10th, prompting the surgeon to be airlifted for treatment in Nebraska. Other Ebola sufferers have been successfully treated at the Nebraska facility, but arrived with fewer symptoms than 44 year old Dr. Salia, who arrived in Nebraska with kidney failure.
In a bid to beat the virus, Dr. Salia was treated with the experimental ZMapp medication, although this was a different batch of the medication than was used to treat the first two US citizens infected by the disease. Blood platelet therapies were also attempted using the blood of an Ebola survivor in a bid to increase the chances of survival for Dr. Salia. The surgeon joins the more than 5,000 people who have died of Ebola and becomes the second person to die of the virus on US soil.