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Sierra Leone: into the Ebola epicentre

The district of Kailahun, in eastern Sierra Leone, bordering Guinea, is home to this 88-bed largest Ebola treatment and isolation centre set up by Médecins Sans Frontières (photo on Flickr by ©EC/ECHO/Cyprien Fabre).

This opinion piece is written by Eliza Smith

‘By now, it seems we’ve heard everything there is to hear about the mysterious bloody disease called Ebola: heartbreaking tales of loss and heroism, news of ground-breaking science to find a cure, reports of panic and much misinformation.

‘But there are three simple, if unpalatable, truths that we aren’t hearing enough about.

‘First, this is not a particularly mysterious disease.

‘It’s one of many haemorrhagic fevers caused by well-researched RNA viruses, including Lassa, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic, dengue (‘break bone’) and yellow (jungle) fevers. All of them can cause similar symptoms in humans: fever, increased tendency to bleed and often death.

Ebola Virus

Scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus budding from the surface…

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