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Sierra Leone says another doctor leading the fight against Ebola has died from disease

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, wearing brown at left, consoles a relative of a nurse that died, right, as she travels to call on health workers not to leave there post as fear of the Ebola virus spreads through the city of Monrovia, Liberia. The World Health Organization declared it is ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa although the tiny supply of one experimental drug handed out to three people has been depleted and it could be many months until more is available. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, wearing brown at left, consoles a relative of a nurse that died, right, as she travels to call on health workers not to leave there post as fear of the Ebola virus spreads through the city of Monrovia, Liberia. The World Health Organization declared it is ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa although the tiny supply of one experimental drug handed out to three people has been depleted and it could be many months until more is available. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

LONDON - An official in Sierra Leone says another of the country's leading physicians has died from Ebola.

Ebola has killed more than 1,000 people in a West African outbreak that has also hit Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria. Many of the dead are health workers, who are often working with inadequate supplies and protection.

Sidie Yayah Tunis, director of communications for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, announced that Modupeh Cole died Wednesday. The U.S.-trained Cole was one of the lead doctors working in the Ebola isolation ward in Connaught Hospital in Freetown, the capital.

Cole's death comes on the heels of that of another physician who was leading Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola, Sheik Humarr Khan.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Officials at the World Health Organization say they considered giving a doctor from Sierra Leone an experimental Ebola drug but decided against it. The drug was later given to three Westerners.

Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who died on July 29, caught Ebola after leading Sierra Leone's fight against it.

In an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, WHO said Khan's doctors considered administering an untested drug, ZMapp, but decided against it. WHO tried to airlift Khan out of the country, but "his condition had deteriorated too much to be transported safely."

The revelation that the drug had been considered for an African doctor was first reported in The New York Times on Tuesday.

Two Americans who are still alive and a Spanish priest who died were treated with ZMapp.

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