Updated on 27 August 2014
120 doctors have died in the outbreak so far
Singapore: The Ebola outbreak sweeping through West African nations has reaped a grim toll on medical staff, affecting nearly 250 doctors and nurses so far.
Ahead of yet another infection of a Sengalese epidemiologist, WHO said that it had withdrawn laboratory testing staff from a testing center at Kailahun, one of the two testing centers for Ebola available in Sierra Leone. WHO spokesperson, Ms Christy Feig, said, "It's a temporary measure to take care of the welfare of our remaining workers."
The World Health Organization expressed further concern over the increasing numbers of healthcare workers falling prey to the deadly virus. As a measure to safeguard the medical staff, WHO said that it had closed the facility. The move, however, may hamper efforts to boost the global response to the outbreak.
Kailahun is the hardest hit region in Sierra Leone and Ms Feig added that she could not estimate the impact that this withdrawal could have on the response against the outbreak.
The UN health agency said that it had developed an Ebola response Roadmap and has deployed 400 of its own staff and partner organizations to fight the epidemic.