Martin Salia, Nebraska Ebola Patient, Dies

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Dr. Martin Salia, the surgeon being treated for Ebola in Nebraska, has died, WOWT6News reported on Monday. The hospital confirmed the news. Salia was 44. A resident of Maryland, he had fallen in while treating patients in his native Sierra Leone. He is the second person to die of Ebola in the United States. The first was Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who was being treated in Dallas, Texas. Salia first tested positive for the virus on Nov. 10, and arrived in the U.S. for treatment at the Nebraska Medicine in Omaha on Nov. 15. According to Reuters, he was suffering from kidney and respiratory failure when he arrived. Two other …

Dr. Martin Salia, the surgeon being treated for Ebola in Nebraska, has died, WOWT6News reported on Monday. The hospital confirmed the news.

Salia was 44. A resident of Maryland, he had fallen in while treating patients in his native Sierra Leone.

He is the second person to die of Ebola in the United States. The first was Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who was being treated in Dallas, Texas.

Salia first tested positive for the virus on Nov. 10, and arrived in the U.S. for treatment at the Nebraska Medicine in Omaha on Nov. 15. According to Reuters, he was suffering from kidney and respiratory failure when he arrived.

Two other Ebola patients, a doctor and a journalist, have been successfully treated at the Nebraska hospital, which specializes in treatment of the virus and has the largest biocontainment unit in the country.

Salia is the sixth doctor in Sierra Leone to be infected with Ebola. It’s unclear how he contracted the virus, though, because he wasn’t treating Ebola patients.

Read more about Salia’s life on HuffPost Healthy Living.

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Martin Salia, Nebraska Ebola Patient, Dies