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Liberian Doctor Dies Despite Experimental ZMapp Drug

Liberian doctor Abrahim Borbor, who contracted the Ebola virus and was given an experimental drug has died on Sunday evening, informed the Elwa Ebola Facility in Monrovia, Liberia on Monday.

Dr. Abrahim Borbor was given ZMapp, but proved futile though it worked two Americans who had contracted Ebola and brought to an American hospital.

Meantime, two people in Gera tested positive for Ebola, the country’s health minister, Felix Kabange Numbi, confirmed in a televised statement.

“We’re going to provide essential medication in all medical institutions in the area of Gera but also free health treatment for the duration of the epidemic,” Numbi said.

The test showed that the Ebola strain is different from the one that has killed nearly 1,500 people in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

“This epidemic doesn’t have any link to that which is now happening in West Africa,” Numbi said.

So far, five strains of the Ebola virus have been identified and four of them — Bundibugyo ebolavirus, Zaire ebolavirus, Sudan ebolavirus, and Taï Forest ebolavirus — cause the disease to humans.

The World Health Organization said it is conducting its confirmation testing. Last week, 13 people died of a mysterious ailment in the Boende area in Congo, but the WHO said their deaths were a result of a “viral hemorrhagic fever of undetermined origin.”

Ebola is one of the world’s most virulent diseases and is transmitted through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids of infected people.

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