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Salia's death is a reminder of how deadly Ebola is, says doctor

Published:Monday | November 17, 2014 | 4:20 PM
Dr Martin Salia - AP

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP):

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone received aggressive treatment at a Nebraska hospital over the weekend but died this morning.

Dr Martin Salia's death is a reminder of how deadly the Ebola virus is and how important it is to receive treatment early, said Dr Jeff Gold, chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

"In the very advanced stages, even the modern techniques we have at our disposal are not enough to help these patients once they reach a critical threshold," Gold said at a news conference.

Salia, 44, was diagnosed with the virus November 6.

By the time he arrived at the Omaha hospital on Saturday, he was in extremely critical condition with no kidney function and severe respiratory problems.

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