A year ago, most of the world had never heard of Ebola, a virus that spreads through contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of infected people.
But that quickly change when West Africa was hit by the largest and most complex outbreak of the virus since it was discovered in 1976.
As we approach the anniversary of this outbreak's first reported cases, the hysteria in North America and Europe may have passed, but the epidemic has not.
The World Health Organization says that the number of new cases in Sierra Leone -- the worst-affected country -- may have levelled off. Still, there are hundreds of new cases in that country alone every week.
The epidemic has killed more than 8,000 people worldwide.
AfricaFiles spoke to Allieu Sesay, a Sierra Leonean reporter with BBC Media Action, about the role journalists play in combatting the epidemic.
Read more perspectives on African issues at AfricaFiles.org.
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