WHO Reports 50 New Ebola Cases, 25 Deaths In West Africa

News outlets highlight the growing number of Ebola cases in West Africa and some of the factors underlying outbreaks.

Associated Press: U.N.: 50 new Ebola cases in 2 African nations
“The U.N. health agency says there have been 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia since last week as the disease, among the deadliest in the world, keeps spreading in West Africa…” (7/8).

Reuters: Fifty new Ebola cases, 25 deaths in West Africa — WHO
“Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea since July 3, as the deadly virus spreads in families, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday…” (Nebehay, 7/8).

Washington Post: How deforestation shares the blame for the Ebola epidemic
“…The commonality between numerous outbreaks of Ebola, scientists say, is growing human activity and deforestation in previously untouched forests, bringing humans into closer contact with rare disease strains viral enough to precipitate an epidemic…” (McCoy, 7/8).

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