UN medic dies of Ebola in German hospital

The medic arrived last week and was the third Ebola patient to be treated in Germany.

The ambulance (second vehicle from the right) with the Ebola patient from Africa leaving the airport Halle/Leipzig in Schkeuditz, Germany. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - A UN medical official who caught Ebola while working in Liberia has died in the German hospital where he was being treated, the clinic in Leipzig said on Tuesday.

"The patient sick with Ebola fever died during the night in St. Georg Clinic in Leipzig. Despite intensive medical measures and maximum efforts by the medical team, the 56-year-old UN employee succumbed to the serious infectious disease," it said.

The medic, who has not been named, arrived last week and was the third Ebola patient to be treated in Germany.

OBAMA AND UN MEET

US President Barrack Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have called on the international community to step up its efforts to contain the deadly outbreak by providing more personnel and equipment.

The two world leaders met overnight to discuss the spread of Ebola to Texas and the alleged breach of infection control protocols at a Dallas hospital where a man died from the virus last week.

Ebola has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa.

Meanwhile in Spain, a nurse's assistant at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid remains in a critical condition after becoming infected.

Teresa Romero treated a patient with Ebola who later died.

FIVE SUSPECTED PASSENGERS REMOVED FROM PLANE

As the world remains on high alert for the possible spread of the deadly virus, emergency crews in protective gear have removed five passengers with flu-like symptoms from a plane at Boston's Logan airport in Massachusetts.

The Emirates flight was from Dubai and none of the ill passengers had recently been to West Africa which is in the midst of an outbreak.

At the same time, in Liberia the country worst hit by the epidemic, health workers are still threatening to strike over pay.

Additional information by Reuters