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China ramps up efforts to combat Ebola | Science/AAAS | News
In the unfolding Ebola crisis, much attention has focused on the relief efforts of Western countries and the non-profit Doctors Without Borders. Out of the limelight, China is mounting one of its largest aid operations ever, driven in part by increasing political and business interests in Africa. Already about 200 medical workers and advisers from China are now stationed in the three West African countries fighting Ebola outbreaks: Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. George Gao, deputy director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), runs a mobile testing lab in the capital of Sierra Leone. Reached by phone there in Freetown, Gao says his team performs 40 to 60 blood tests a day. In addition to diagnosing the disease in patients, it’s crucial to test corpses; if a patient has died from Ebola, it’s imperative to refrain from traditional burial practices in West Africa such as washing or touching the deceased or giving a “final kiss,” Gao says.
Ebola  geo:Africa  China  geo:China  MédécinsSansFrontières  geo:SierraLeone  geo:Liberia  geo:Guinea  from:Science  by:AAAS  by:ChristinaLarson  GeorgeGao  高福 
november 2014 by owenblacker

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