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The Politics of FearMédecins sans Frontières and the West African Ebola Epidemic$
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Michiel Hofman and Sokhieng Au

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190624477

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190624477.001.0001

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The Initial International Aid Response in Sierra Leone

The Initial International Aid Response in Sierra Leone

A Viewpoint from the Field

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The Politics of Fear

Thomas Kratz

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On May 26, 2014, it was acknowledged that the Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic had swept over to Sierra Leone, although several indices imply that EVD infections were more likely to be present much earlier. This chapter was written by one of the first international doctors to answer this first call for aid in May. He describes the situation on the ground, including the challenges of providing medical care for patients suffering from EVD in Sierra Leone’s Kailahun district. He also discusses difficulties in epidemiological surveillance and laboratory diagnostics. He compares this early period of the epidemic to his experience nine months later in Guinea, when a multitude of governmental and nongovernmental actors were present, facilitating and complicating things at the same time.

Keywords:   Ebola, Ebola virus disease, Sierra Leone, epidemic, epidemiology, Guinea

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