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Sierra Leone Struggles To Cope With Ebola Outbreak

Volunteers arrive to pick up bodies of people who died of the Ebola virus on October 8, 2014 in Freetown. (Florian Plaucheur/AFP/Getty Images)
Volunteers arrive to pick up bodies of people who died of the Ebola virus on October 8, 2014 in Freetown. (Florian Plaucheur/AFP/Getty Images)

Sierra Leone has now become the surpassed Liberia as the country with the worst rate of transmission of Ebola. Hospitals and clinics there simply cannot cope with it.

Even where there are community care centers, there’s not enough health infrastructure to handle the outbreak, which so far has killed more than 1,500 people. And where there aren’t any clinics, the situation is even bleaker.

The BBC’s Andrew Harding is in Sierra Leone and brought us this report.


Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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