World's best care fails to save Ebola doctor

Dr Martin Salia, 44, died at about 4am local time on Monday (9pm AEDT) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

“We used every possible treatment available to give Dr Salia every possible opportunity for survival,” Dr Phil Smith, medical director of the Nebraska centre’s biocontainment unit, told a news conference on Monday.

“As we have learned, early treatment with these patients is essential. In Dr Salia’s case, his disease was already extremely advanced by the time he came here for treatment.”

The death was a reminder that even the “most modern techniques that we have at our disposal are not enough to help these patients once they reach the critical threshold”, the news conference was told.

According to WHO situation reports, more healthcare workers have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone than in any other country.

Hundreds of Australians have volunteered to staff a 100-bed