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Sierra Leone struggles to fight Ebola

8:46am IST - 01:05

Ebola cases continue to rise in Sierra Leone, as the government launches a major operation to try to contain the epidemic. Yiming Woo reports.

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Ibrahim Kamara suspects he has Ebola -- he's waiting for help to arrive in a neighbourhood called Devil Hole, near the Sierra Leone capital. His eyes are glassy and red, a common symptom of the deadly virus that's killed nearly 7,000 people. Adama, his wife, said a neighbour died on Saturday from symptoms similar to Ebola. Those living nearby are scared they'll catch it too. (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) LOCAL RESIDENT, 38-YEAR-OLD KADIJAH BAH, SAYING: "I won't lie to you - I'm really worried with that man lying over there. That's why I put on this sweater because it's a transferable disease, right? Maybe the wind will transfer it to me and my family." Sierra Leone is the worst hit country -- more than 300 new cases were confirmed in the past week. Officers overseeing suspected Ebola patients say that help is slow to arrive. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SURVEILLANCE OFFICER, TOMEH BANGURA, SAYING: "We called more than three times, saying we need an ambulance but until now I've not seen an ambulance. It's a problem, very serious problem." The government has launched a major operation, sending health workers out to look for patients to help contain the epidemic.

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Sierra Leone struggles to fight Ebola

8:46am IST - 01:05

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