Hemera/Thinkstock(OMAHA, Neb.) — Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center say the latest patient to be transported to the United States for treatment of Ebola has died.
Dr. Martin Salia was treating patients in Sierra Leone when he contracted the disease.
Nebraska Medical Center announced Salia’s death in a statement Monday morning.
“We are extremely sorry to announce that the third patient we’ve cared for with the Ebola virus, Dr. Martin Salia, has passed away as a result of the advanced symptoms of the disease,” the hospital statement read.
When Dr. Salia arrived at the hospital Saturday, doctors there said he was sicker than the other two Ebola patients they’ve treated. Those two — a doctor and a videographer — successfully recovered from the virus and were released.
ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser says medical teams are making headway against the disease in some areas of West Africa, while others still are not.
“There’s been a sense that there has been stabilization of the disease in the capital of Liberia, Monrovia, but that in rural parts of that country the disease is still raging out of control,” Besser said.
Dr. Besser says in Sierra Leone, where Dr. Salia was working, the reports “are not positive at all.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Sunday that it has added Mali to the list of nations from which travelers are given enhanced screening and monitoring measures in order to prevent the spread of Ebola.
A CDC press release notes that there are no direct flights from Mali to the United States. However, about 15 to 20 people each day leave Mali and travel through other nations on their way to America.
The CDC said enhanced screening for travelers from Mali was implemented as a precaution due to “a number of confirmed cases of Ebola in Mali in recent days.”
The additional screening at five U.S. airports — New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — will begin Monday. The screening will be identical to the screening being used for travelers coming from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
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