The doctor leading Sierra Leone’s fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus on Tuesday, according to the country’s chief medical officer.
Meanwhile, a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people.
In a statement released Tuesday, airline ASKY said it was temporarily halting flights not only to Monrovia but also to Freetown, Sierra Leone. Flights will continue to the capital of Guinea, the third major country where people have died, though passengers departing from there will be “screened for signs of the virus.”
Health workers have been especially vulnerable to contracting Ebola, which is spread through bodily fluids such as saliva, sweat, blood and urine. Two American health workers are currently hospitalized with Ebola in neighboring Liberia.
The Ebola virus has no vaccine and no specific treatment, with a fatality rate of at least 60 percent.
Report compiled with information from The Associated Press and Reuters.