People with ebola look like?

As the disease gets worse, it causes vomiting, diarrhea, rash, and bruising or bleeding without an injury, like from the eyes or gums.

The World Health Organization reported on Aug. 19 that more than 1,200 people have died in the massive Ebola outbreak across West Africa, with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone at the epicenter. The situation, officials say, is considered “out of control.”

Mattresses that were looted from an isolation center for Ebola patients, local residents said, float in a seaside dump in the West Point slum in Monrovia on Aug. 19, 2014. John Moore—Getty Images

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You can’t get Ebola from casual contact, like sitting next to an infected person. Air, food, and water don’t carry the virus. But kissing or sharing food or a drink with someone who has Ebola could be a risk, since you might get their saliva in your mouth.

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A Liberian burial team wearing protective clothing retrieves the body of a 60-year-old Ebola victim from his home on Aug. 17, 2014 near Monrovia. John Moore—Getty Images

Workers prepare the new Doctors Without Borders Ebola treatment center on Aug. 17, 2014 near Monrovia. John Moore—Getty Images

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A burial team from the Liberian health department sprays disinfectant over the body of a woman suspected of dying of the Ebola virus on Aug. 14, 2014 in Monrovia. John Moore—Getty Images

Muller’s own safety was a concern, of course. Relief workers insisted he remain about six feet away from them, which allowed him to get close enough to make intimate pictures without undue risk of exposure. It was a careful balance between safety and access, he said, but “I’m not particularly keen on doing things that I think expose me to great, great risk.”

A s the Ebola crisis continues to develop, TIME asks ten photographers working on the ground to reflect on their experiences covering the outbreak—and to describe which of their own photographs moved them most.

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A son tries to prepare his father in their one-room home before they are taken to an Ebola isolation ward on Aug. 15, 2014 in Monrovia. John Moore—Getty Images

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Andrew Katz is a homepage editor at TIME and reporter covering international affairs. Follow him on Twitter @katz.

John Moore is a staff photographer with Getty Images.

Chilling Photos From the Front Lines of the Ebola Outbreak

This is what Ebola looks like up close. And it's terrifying.

Ahmed Jallanzo, Aug. 20, 2014. Monrovia, Liberia.“Violence had broken out in the slum township of West Point as the government tried to quarantine tens of thousands of residents in order to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. As I walked through the town to cover the reactions of residents towards security forces, I saw 15-year-old Shakie Kamara bleeding profusely, a pool of blood forming around him, with his right hand placed underneath his broken leg to keep it in balance. He was caught in clashes with police and had been shot. The ambulance service was somewhat slow to respond as he repeatedly cried for help. The tragic irony is that no one dared try to help for fear of contracting the Ebola virus from his blood and bodily fluids, as avoiding contact is one of the measures of preventing the disease from spreading. Ahmed Jallanzo—EPA

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After you leave the area, watch for changes in your health for 21 days, and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms.

Local residents watch public health advocates stage street performances at an Ebola awareness and prevention event on Aug. 18, 2014 in Monrovia. John Moore—Getty Images

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