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Ebola Deaths Double In Sierra Leone; Experts Use Open-Source Mapping To Track Virus

News outlets report on the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, where the death toll has doubled. Experts discuss open-source mapping as a way to stop the spread of the virus.

Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone doubles Ebola death toll
“Sierra Leone doubled its death toll from the highly contagious Ebola virus on Monday, as international aid organizations struggled to contain the deadly epidemic gripping west Africa…” (6/9).

Reuters: Death toll from Ebola in Sierra Leone more than doubles to 12
“The death toll from Ebola in Sierra Leone has doubled to at least 12 in a week, local health authorities said on Monday, deepening the spread of a disease that has killed over 200 people in Guinea and Liberia…” (Fofana, 6/9).

SciDev.Net: Using open-source mapping to help stop Ebola
“Last week, 5 June, aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières reported new cases in the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The priority for NGOs and health workers is to deliver appropriate aid in the fastest and most effective way. … In this podcast, two experts discuss how satellite technology and open-source mapping can help with such humanitarian work, highlighting successes and challenges…” (Bello/Kemp, 6/9).

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