Fear and denial of the deadly virus are pervasive in Liberia. The mob exponentially increased the risk in one of the country’s biggest Ebola hot spots. Women beckon to the family of Makasha Kroma, who was waiting at the transit facility for confirmation she had Ebola. John Moore / Getty Images MONROVIA, Liberia — This morning Makasha Kroma shivered with fever. Her head still hurt; that hadn't gone away. And she was vomiting a lot. That's why she'd ended up here, at a holding center where people suspected to have Ebola wait, in a dark classroom, for the results of their tests. These things — headache, fever, vomiting — are the early signs. Ebola is transmitted through bodily fluids. It has no treatment, besides hydration, no cure, no proven vaccine. Since February, it's ravaged West Africa, infecting more than 2,000 people in four countries and killing more than 1,100. Kroma came to the West Point holding center with her sister, her three children, a cousin named Bindu, and two other family members. They are all women, or girls — most caregivers in Liberia are — and they washed Kroma's clothes, fed her rice, wiped down her body, and cleaned up her vomit with a rag and some chlorine. Those are the kinds of chores that give you Ebola. And the girls had no gloves. All the gloves the Ministry of Health brought this place when it opened yesterday, all 150 of them, were gone by the middle of the night. That's when three people escaped.
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