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Amid Budget Cuts, Ebola Outbreak Worsens In West Africa, Produces Stigma

News outlets continue coverage on the Ebola outbreak and stigma surrounding the disease in West Africa.

Bloomberg News: Ebola Survivor Shunned as a Zombie Joins Fight Against Virus
“…The social stigma attached to Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever that kills as many as 90 percent of its victims, is complicating efforts to contain the worst-ever outbreak of the virus…” (Bax, 7/17).

Los Angeles Times: WHO can’t fully deal with Ebola outbreak, health official warns
“International health officials warned Thursday that recent budget cuts have impeded the ability of the World Health Organization to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 603 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone…” (Levine, 7/17).

NPR: West African Villagers Fear Ebola Will Escape From The Grave
“The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is getting worse. … Since the outbreak began in February, more than 600 people have died. The mounting toll is presenting families and health authorities with a grim new problem — what to do with the bodies. NPR’s Jason Beaubien reports on how this dilemma is playing out in one town in eastern Sierra Leone…” (Beaubien, 7/16).

NPR: No School, No Handshakes: Reporting On Ebola From Sierra Leone
“NPR’s Jason Beaubien is in Sierra Leone, covering the Ebola outbreak that began in March in Guinea and has spread to neighboring countries. We’ll be speaking with him throughout the week about what he’s seeing on the ground…” (Silver, 7/15).

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