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Addressing Social, Cultural Aspects Of Ebola Critical To Stopping Epidemic, Experts, Health Workers Say

Reuters: Mistrust and machetes thwart efforts to contain Ebola in Guinea
“…In [Guinea,] the country where West Africa’s Ebola outbreak began, hostility towards aid workers — fueled by ever more far-fetched rumors — is undermining efforts to contain the deadly virus…” (Hussain, 2/10).

SciDev.Net: Lessons from the social response to Ebola
“…The need for a social science perspective became clear from an early stage in the outbreak in West Africa. Some of the interventions typical of Western medicine and science clashed, at times violently, with social norms and traditional beliefs…” (Makri, 2/10).

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