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Families torn apart by Ebola: Photographer risks his own life to chronicle harrowing scenes in Liberia as doctors warn that disease is out of control

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John Moore (pictured inset in protective clothing), who works for Getty Images, travelled to Monrovia, which is in the grip of the deadly disease. Both Doctors Without Borders and Plan International say that the virus is spreading faster than efforts to control it, predicting the epidemic could last another six months. It comes as the death toll from the condition has now climbed to 1,069. In Liberia, a school (left) has become both a morgue and an isolation ward, where desperate relatives are bringing people stricken by the virus. Pictured centre, a boy tries to rouse his father in their one-room home before he is taken to an Ebola ward. Pictured right, fishermen pull a dugout from the water in the impoverished neighbourhood of West Point. People in the area suspected of contracting the Ebola virus are being brought by health workers to a temporary isolation centre.

 

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As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread in West Africa – the current death toll standing at more than 1,000 – one photographer has bravely travelled to Monrovia, Liberia to chronicle work on the frontline. The pictures, by John Moore, from Getty Images, capture the harrowing scenes of families torn apart by the deadly disease, along with the medical workers battling to save the sick…

International doctors have admitted they don’t know the true scale of deaths from the deadly Ebola virus warning the disease is spreading faster than the response.

The group Doctors Without Borders (Medecin Sans Frontieres) have likened the outbreak in west Africa to a state of war and said that the epidemic could last another six months.

Meanwhile, a medical worker on the frontline of tackling the disease in Liberia says response teams are unable to document all the cases erupting as many of the sick are being hidden at home rather than taken to Ebola treatment centres.

 

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