Via NPR, a report by Jason Beaubien: Facility Sets Up Extreme Precautions To Treat Ebola Patients. Click through to hear the four-minute audio clip and read the complete transcript. Excerpt:
JASON BEAUBIEN, BYLINE: The basic design principle of the Doctors Without Borders Ebola treatment center in Kailahun is keep the Ebola virus trapped in the middle of the compound. Patients who have ebola stay in large white tents inside that isolation zone. The medical staff go in and out to treat them.
SEBASTIAN STEIN: Going into this area involves significant risk, unless you know how to protect yourself.
BEAUBIEN: Sebastian Stein is the sanitation coordinator for the facility, which means it a large part of his job is infection control.
STEIN: Everything you want to do inside the high risk zone, where the patients are, is a tremendous undertaking.
BEAUBIEN: It's a tremendous undertaking because anyone who goes in - doctors, nurses, cleaners, construction repair men - have to wear protective suits that cover every inch of their bodies. The protective gear includes gloves, face masks and goggles.
This person, now - they're putting their goggles on right now. That was the last bit of skin we were seeing, yeah?
STEIN: That's right. And you see, now, that his colleague is now checking to see that there is absolutely no skin exposed. Everything is covered up.
BEAUBIEN: Ebola spreads by contact with bodily fluids - blood, vomit, diarrhea - but also through sweat or tears. Many of the early victims in Sierra Leone were healthcare workers who were caring for people infected with the virus. Usually Ebola kills more than half the people who get it. And so far, more than 600 people have died in this outbreak across West Africa.
STEIN: So every day, we have to send in our teams to go and wash the bodies, disinfect the bodies and then hand them over to either the families or to the officials here. And this is - it's a grim task.
BEAUBIEN: Stein says, five or six patients are dying at this facility every day.
STEIN: Ebola's a horrible disease, and, yeah, what you see is not something that is pleasant.