Ebola continues to play havoc in West Africa. The news of the death of a senior doctor, who risked his own life while treating dozens of Ebola patients, due to the same fatal disease has sent shocking waves in the region.
Dr. Sheik Humarr Khandied of Ebola on Tuesday, officials said. He was confirmed dead by the officials of health ministry. He had been hospitalized in quarantine where he succumbed to his illness.
Dr. Khan was honored as a national hero for his contribution in treating dozens of patients suffering from the deadly Ebola disease in Sierra Leone and nearby regions.
Meanwhile, two US health workers suffering from Ebola are currently under treatment in a hospital in neighboring Liberia.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) report, the Ebola outbreak has taken lives of more than 670 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since February. The WHO has termed the outbreak as the largest and deadliest ever in West Africa.
According to the experts, doctors and health workers are the one most hit by the vulnerability of contracting Ebola.
Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever which is fatal in nature. Virus Ebolavirus is responsible for causing this deadly disease. The disease is contracted by humans and nonhuman primates like monkeys, chimpanzees and gorillas. Scientists are still unclear about the original host of the disease. They, however, consider animals, mainly bats, as its source.
Ebola’s first cases were discovered in 1976 in Nzara (Sudan) and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Common symptoms of Ebola include fever, muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, sore throat, rash, poor kidney and liver function. Patient can also experience internal and external bleeding in rare cases. Experts say, the common symptoms of Ebola start appearing between 2 and 21 days after initial contact.
The disease spread via body fluids like blood, urine, saliva, and sweat.
Till date there is no vaccine or known cure for Ebola. The scientists are currently developing vaccines and possible treatments for treating this dangerous disease.
According to WHO, the travelers are at low risk of contracting Ebola. This is because Ebola requires direct contact with fluids from the body as it can’t be spread like common flu through casual contacts.