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The WHO has finally made the Ebola outbreak an international emergency. Public health officials have been criticizing the WHOs hesitation for months now. When Ebola was rapidly spreading in a war zone they held back, because it hadn’t actually crossed a border. When it finally did spread to a nearby country—and a major city at […]

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Checking In On Ebola

May 10, 2019

It’s getting worse, not better. Ebola in the Congo is infecting people in the double digits daily. Aid workers aren’t able to trace the route of Ebola from patient to patient, and are under attack from the local violence (which is also scaring away people who need treatment, further spreading Ebola). And their projections must […]

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Ebola Spreading Quickly

April 8, 2019

Following cautious optimism from the WHO that the outbreak of Ebola in the Congo could be contained, Ebola spent a few weeks spreading fast and breaking records. Unfortunately, violence and disruption in the regions most heavily affected by Ebola is making it hard for doctors to contain the outbreak. If you’ve been following along, then […]

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Ebola: A World Away?

March 25, 2019

The second largest Ebola outbreak is still growing, with more than a thousand cases so far (the biggest Ebola outbreak spanned 3 years, from 2013-16, and had over 11,000 cases). An increased population, fighting (including 5 attacks on medical aid centers in the last month), and shifting populations is making control of the outbreak near […]

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Ebola Edging In

February 13, 2019

First, the good news: no one in the US has tested positive for Ebola since the outbreak a few years ago. But here’s the bad news: watching for an Ebola outbreak is the new reality. As Ebola rages in the Congo, out of control and still spreading, there have been a few travelers who’ve been […]

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