West Africa's Ebola epidemic, the deadliest on record, presents particular challenges for medical staff. Here, Irish doctor Gabriel Fitzpatrick describes working for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) at the centre of the outbreak in Sierra Leone:
MSF constructed a special Ebola treatment centre here in Kailahun that opened at the end of June and is now almost full. Across Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, this is where MSF has been seeing the biggest number of cases to date. There are villages that have lost the majority of their adults to the disease.
The people in this area are scared of the Ebola virus, but there are no signs of uncontrolled panic. Confidence is not in short supply. People speak of their belief that they can control this outbreak with the help of international organisations.
The scenes, however, can be heartbreaking.
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