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Doctors share horrors of West African Ebola virus outbreak as death toll climbs 80 (PHOTOS)

Published time: April 02, 2014 23:17
A view of gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. (AFP Photo / Seyllou)

A view of gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. (AFP Photo / Seyllou)

Blood-chilling accounts of suffering and death have emerged from Guinea, where an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has claimed at least 80 lives. Although not yet the biggest outbreak in history, it has alarmed the world as the virus still has no cure.

Amid the total isolation of southern Guinea, the only area where deadly cases of the recent outbreak have been recorded, scarce reports have come out of the Gueckedou quarantine camp.

(AFP Photo / Seyllou)

Set up near the Liberia and Sierra Leone borders by medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the makeshift clinic - which consists of two corrugated iron buildings and a tent village - currently has only 20 beds and a capacity for 50 patients, AFP reported.

(AFP Photo / Seyllou)

Some of the medics have already witnessed many deaths at the camp. MSF's Naoufel Dridi told The Telegraph that he "never had to deal with this many bodies in these few days on any job before."

(AFP Photo / Seyllou)

"You can be helping somebody by getting them a juice, or a glass of cold water, or whatever he wants because you know really he has very little chance to survive, and then less than an hour later he is dead," Dridi says.

(AFP Photo / Seyllou)

"Then when you are putting his body in the bag, another one behind you has died. Then another one. One old woman died with very bad external bleeding from her body, the symptoms that are the worst of Ebola. It is very difficult," he added.

(AFP Photo / Seyllou)

The highly-contagious illness is passed to humans through contact with bodies infected or killed by the virus. The 30 Guinean and foreign clinic workers dress in simple uniforms, but those in contact with patients are protected head to toe in sealed biohazard suits with gloves, goggles, masks, and boots.

(AFP Photo / Seyllou)

Patients who develop the severely acute version of the virus often face fever, muscle pain, headaches, and sore throats, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, body rashes, and diminished kidney and liver function. Some Ebola patients suffer from internal and external bleeding.

(AFP Photo / Seyllou)

"Our staff are aware that they must keep a safe distance...Once a person gets up, they discreetly spray the chair to prevent others from getting infected," Pascal Piguet, an MSF logistics expert, told AFP.

(AFP Photo / Seyllou)

Five strains of Ebola - four of which are deadly to humans - have been discovered since the first outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976. The Guinean government says the most volatile Zaire species has been detected in the latest epidemic.

(AFP Photo / Seyllou)

Outside Guinea, neighboring West African countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia - where suspected cases have been detected - are working to control the outbreak. These countries have imposed health and travel restrictions in the meantime.

Comments (37)


Bev Walker 02.07.2014 11:27

I have lived in South Africa, Namibia and Sierra Leone, The govermnent should be educating people to the fact that you cant keep having children that there is no food and water for, yet they keep having babies??...relgion has a lot to answer for also...not in a good way...preaching about the bible to the starving and dying is no comfort and of no help.


Bev Walker 02.07.2014 11:26

What sickens me most about the poverty most of the people in africa have to deal with is that the country should be the richest in the world with all the diamonds it produces, the white's live in luxury, yet miles away people are starving have no running water and are plagued with diseases....the corruption of the goverments also stops their own people surviving,as the rich get richer , the african people continue to suffer and die and have lives that we cant even imagine


stephen moore 23.04.2014 20:09

kozzy karas 08.04.2014 23:50

Ral ph stone what have you done to help these people


what have they dun to help that man?

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