With Signs of Ebola Waning, WHO Must Adapt for the Next Outbreak

Burial teams in Guinea, wearing full personal protective equipment, disinfect themselves after carrying the body of a 40-year-old woman who died from the Ebola virus, Conakry, Guinea, Jan. 17, 2015 (U.N. photo by Martine Perret).
Burial teams in Guinea, wearing full personal protective equipment, disinfect themselves after carrying the body of a 40-year-old woman who died from the Ebola virus, Conakry, Guinea, Jan. 17, 2015 (U.N. photo by Martine Perret).
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On Dec. 28, 2013, a 1-year-old boy named Emile died in Meliandou, Guinea, after having fallen ill with a fever, vomiting and bloody stool. Experts now believe that Emile was the first person to contract Ebola in the current West African outbreak. Since Emile’s death, the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified 22,057 cases of Ebola and 8,844 deaths in 9 countries connected to this epidemic, as of Jan. 28. The current Ebola outbreak has caused more illness and death than all previous outbreaks combined, challenged the ability of the WHO and the international community as a whole to respond […]

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