Cuban Health Worker in Africa to Fight Ebola Dies of Malaria
HAVANA — Jan 18, 2015, 10:47 PM ET
A Cuban health worker sent to Sierra Leone as part of a team to help
fight Ebola has died of malaria.
Cuban state television said Reinaldo Villafranca died Sunday in a
hospital in Sierra Leone’s capital. The 33-year-old Villafranca had a
degree in nursing.
He showed symptoms of an illness on Jan. 17. Tests came up negative for
Ebola but positive for malaria. State television said his condition
deteriorated on Sunday.
Villafranca is the second Cuban health worker to die of malaria in West
Africa. The first, Jorge Juan Guerra Rodriguez, died last Oct. 26 in
Guinea. Dr. Felix Baez fell ill with Ebola in Sierra Leone in November,
In response to a U.N. call, Cuba said it would send 461 health workers
to Africa to fight Ebola.
Source: Cuban Health Worker in Africa to Fight Ebola Dies of Malaria –
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