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Media Reports Cover Different Aspects Of Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on varying aspects of the West African Ebola outbreak.

Agence France-Presse: Ebola discoverer says would sit next to victim on train
“The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train…” (Haddon/Larkin, 7/31).

CNN: In Ebola fight, security forces to make villagers comply with medical plan
“…A nurse with Doctors Without Borders, Monia Sayah, told CNN, ‘the most challenging’ aspect of trying to help people is that ‘we go into communities where we are not necessarily welcome,’ because people don’t want to believe they or their loved ones have Ebola — in part because ‘they understand now that the survival rate is not very high’…” (Botelho et al., 7/31).

Huffington Post: The Real Reason We Still Don’t Have A Vaccine For Ebola
“…Three renowned doctors joined HuffPost Live on Monday to weigh in on all the facts about the Ebola outbreak, from how the disease spreads to how it might be stopped…” (Branch, 7/30).

Nature: Ebola treatments caught in limbo
“…Although several vaccines and treatments for Ebola do exist, they are stalled in various stages of testing owing to a lack of funding and of international demand…” (Reardon, 7/29).

PRI: The death of a key doctor damages the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone
“…[T]here is a big problem with denial. This is the first outbreak of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone and many refuse to accept that it’s real. And it’s also hard to educate Sierra Leoneans about what steps they should take…” (Woolf, 7/30).

Reuters: Taxis, planes and viruses: How deadly Ebola can spread
“For scientists tracking the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, it’s not about complex virology and genotyping, but about how contagious microbes — like humans — use planes, bikes and taxis to spread…” (Kelland, 7/31).

Scientific American: Cross-Border Ebola Outbreak a First for Deadly Virus
“[The outbreak] has the unique distinction of becoming the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded, with more than 600 deaths and 1,200 infections to date. The strain that is causing it, investigators say, is genetically dissimilar to previous strains…” (Maron, 7/30).

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