Ebola virus has killed close to 700 people across mostly three countries since a new outbreak in February this year is no longer news. There has been over 1200 cases in this particular outbreak which has been described as the largest outbreak of Ebola ever recorded.
Not only has the virus spread from the primarily remote villages in Central and West Africa tropical rainforests where it was, before now, prevalent, this virus which is one of the deadliest viruses ever known to man, has stealthily crept across West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and has been reported to have killed one in Lagos.
With members of the public succumbing to the blow from the virus, health workers, in spite of precautionary steps, are usually the worst hit. Besides local health practitioners who have, over the years, contracted the virus, foreign health workers providing charity services have also been affected.
Just recently, two doctors leading the fight against the disease in Africa – Dr. Samuel Brisbane, a top Liberian health official, and Sheik Umar Khan, a leading Sierra Leone doctor – have both died after contracting Ebola.
In the past week, there have been reports that health workers working at a charity centre for the Ebola virus in Liberia have been hit by the ravaging virus.
The health workers, both of whom are Americans, worked for the humanitarian organisation, Samaritan’s Purse, which has an Ebola care centre at the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. SEE MORE ON PAGE2