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On the ground in Sierra Leone

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When you arrive in Sierra Leone, things look pretty normal. Life goes on as usual in many respects. In Freetown, the streets are still busy, and people still go to the market. In the villages, people are doing the same things they always do: sitting and chatting, wandering, playing football. But there is nothing normal about the work we are doing here. We have been in Sierra Leone for more than a month, with a China-based team running a mobile testing laboratory and a holding center for Ebola cases. When you arrive at a clinic or a holding center here, you see immediately how devastating Ebola is and how inadequate the resources are. The local public health system is weak. People die in fields outside of clinics. Many more die inside their homes. (Keep reading at Science.)