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Survivors enlisted in Sierra Leone's Ebola battle

Published on Aug 18, 2014 11:06 AM
 

KAILAHUN, Sierra Leone (AFP) - Hawa Idrisa was visiting her father-in-law in an Ebola ward in eastern Sierra Leone when his drip snapped out and his atrophying veins spurted thin, uncoagulated blood into her eyes and mouth.

Hawa had been carrying her infant daughter Helen but luckily she had laid the child down, otherwise the baby would almost certainly be dead by now.

A single droplet of blood smaller than a full stop can carry up to 100 million particles of the deadly Ebola virus, yet one is enough to end a human life.

"The blood got all over me, and people were running away. So I took a bucket of chlorine and poured it over myself," Hawa said.

 
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