First Ebola death reported in Germany

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Leipzig, Oct 16: A United Nations (UN) worker who was undergoing treatment for Ebola here, died at the St Georg Hospital where he was under observation in an isolation ward early on Tuesday, a report in Deutsche Welle said. Sources at the hospital confirmed the news. The 56-year-old man, whose name was not released, had been flown in from Liberia last week.

[Read: Ebola still spreading in W Africa and is under-reported, says WHO]

Liberia, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea, have been the countries hit worst by the endemic which broke out in March.

Doctor said the condition of the patient was critical but stable at the time of his arrival and the hospital authorities said there was no risk of other people getting infected since he had been kept in an isolation ward.

The deceased person became the third Ebola patient to be brought to Germany for Ebola treatment. The first person had recovered in Hamburg and returned home in Senegal while another aid worker from Uganda is still undergoing treatment in Frankfurt.

According to the World Health Organisation's estimates, 4,033 people have died from Ebola. In Liberia alone, the figure stands at 2,316, the report said.

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