He was from Guéckédou, in southeastern Guinea, which borders Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The patient recently traveled to Nigeria, the latest country hit by the ongoing Ebola epidemic. Overall, there have been 13 cases of Ebola in Nigeria, including two deaths.
The American doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia released his first statement since returning to the U.S. for treatment.
The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak in west Africa an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response. More than 1,700 people in West Africa are infected with the virus.
“He refused to leave the place because he said as the doctor that is responsible for these cases, he refused to leave and was working 12 hour shifts seven days a week,” the late doctor’s brother told reporters.
The World Health Organization is seeking “responsible” recommendations from a medical ethics panel on how — or if — to use experimental drugs against the growing outbreak.
But national and international health groups are now stepping things up.
A man tested at Mount Sinai Hospital “has tested negative for Ebola,” the hospital said Wednesday.
Updating: At least 2,630 people have died of from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization. Another strain of the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed at least 35. WHO warns that the number of Ebola cases could eventually exceed 20,000.
The deadly virus was brought to the country two weeks ago by a Liberian traveler. Health officials say three more people may yet test positive.
The ongoing Ebola epidemic in west Africa had killed 729 people as of the end of July.
Nancy Writebol, an American missionary who contracted Ebola in West Africa, arrived at Emory University Hospital on Tuesday.
“If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic,” the director-general of the World Health Organization said Friday.
UPDATED: Dr. Kent Brantly has arrived in Atlanta’s Emory Universtiy Hospital. Nancy Writebol is expected there next week. The State Department is coordinating the patients’ evacuation from Liberia, where they contracted the disease.
Update: A dose of “experimental serum” will be used on Nancy Writebol, a North Carolina-based missionary who contracted the deadly virus in Liberia.
A Liberian government employee on his way to a conference became the first Ebola death in Nigeria. But a specialist unit in Monrovia is ill-prepared to respond to the number of patients.
Doctors say the medical response to Nigeria’s first Ebola case has been swift. But deaths are still mounting in three West African nations.
The deadly disease has spread to at least three major West African urban centers. The World Health Organization reports at least 660 have died from the disease since February.
Update: Dr. Kent Brantly landed in the U.S. on Saturday to receive treatment. Aid worker Nancy Writebol is expected to arrive next week. The epidemic has killed at least 660 people so far.
Doctor Sheik Umar Khan has helped save more than 100 people.
The doctor and “national hero” leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone contracted the deadly virus around July 23. The doctor died on July 29.
UPDATE: The World Health Organization reports more than 2,000 have the disease and at least 1,145 people have died. WHO says the outbreak is a “public health emergency of international concern.”
Health authorities struggle to control the worst outbreak of Ebola on record.
“This geographical spread is worrisome because it will greatly complicate the tasks of the organizations working to control the epidemic.”