Victor Willoughby, a leading doctor treating Ebola victims, died of Ebola on Thursday, even before the experimental drug, ZMab which was flown to Sierra Leone could be used to treat him. This has taken the death toll of Sierra Leone doctors who have contracted the virus to 12.
According to figures released by WHO, 142 health care workers have thus far been infected by Ebola in Sierra Leone of which 109 have died, causing a major shortage of healthcare workers here. Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are considered the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic, accounting for more than half of the 18,603 confirmed cases of Ebola. According to World Health Organization, the death toll due to the epidemic has risen to 6,915, as on December 14, 2014.