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Ebola Ground Zero
     Kieran Kesner/Rex/ZUMA (bios)
Liberia is the country hit hardest by the deadliest ever Ebola outbreak. Behind the white plastic overalls and goggles are the unsung heroes of the response effort: the health workers who are risking their lives to do their jobs. These workers are among those most at risk of catching the disease. Ninety-five have died from the virus in Liberia. Despite their brave efforts and unwavering commitment, these workers and nurses are also subjected to the stigma and fear that have characterized the epidemic, and no one wants to come close to them. Liberia has about 50 doctors to serve the country's 4.2 million people, an average of 0.1 doctor per 10,000 people, according to data compiled by the Afri-Dev.Info health and social development agency. Ebola spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids of infected people or indirect contact with contaminated environments. There is no known cure or preventive vaccine, but early diagnosis and medical attention can increase the chances of survival. Six months after the epidemic began in West Africa, there are still only about a quarter of the treatment beds required to tackle it.
Ebola Ground Zero
     Kieran Kesner/Rex/ZUMA (bios)
Liberia is the country hit hardest by the deadliest ever Ebola outbreak. Behind the white plastic overalls and goggles are the unsung heroes of the response effort: the health workers who are risking their lives to do their jobs. These workers are among those most at risk of catching the disease. Ninety-five have died from the virus in Liberia. Despite their brave efforts and unwavering commitment, these workers and nurses are also subjected to the stigma and fear that have characterized the epidemic, and no one wants to come close to them. Liberia has about 50 doctors to serve the country's 4.2 million people, an average of 0.1 doctor per 10,000 people, according to data compiled by the Afri-Dev.Info health and social development agency. Ebola spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids of infected people or indirect contact with contaminated environments. There is no known cure or preventive vaccine, but early diagnosis and medical attention can increase the chances of survival. Six months after the epidemic began in West Africa, there are still only about a quarter of the treatment beds required to tackle it.