Sunday, August 3, 2014

Ebola virus: British aid worker's diary reveals horror as SIX nurses die from killer bug

Sanitation expert Cokie van der Velde spent last week helping at a treatment centre in Liberia and a hospital isolation ward three hours away

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Aid worker: Brit Cokie Van der Velde shares her experiences as the Ebola outbreak threat looms
From overflowing morgues to corpses being pushed around in wheelbarrows, a British aid worker today reveals the horror she has seen battling to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa .
Sanitation expert Cokie van der Velde, 54, spent last week helping with charity Medecins Sans Frontieres at a treatment centre in Liberian capital Monrovia and a hospital isolation ward three hours away.
And the grandmother revealed that six of the nurses she worked with have died from the virus.
Yesterday Cokie, of Whixley, North Yorkshire, said: “It is heartbreaking to see such brave people perishing at the hands of this awful disease.”
The recent outbreak, the largest recorded in history, began in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing more than 700 people.
The World Health Organisation said that 60 medics had so far died in West Africa, falling ill as they bravely battled to save other people.
Meanwhile, American aid workers Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were infected as they helped patients in Liberia, were last night being flown home for treatment.


http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ebola-virus-british-aid-workers-3956692#ixzz39IaXWaYz

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