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Medical News & Perspectives
December 24/31, 2014

Ebola Perspectives From Opposite Sides of the Globe

JAMA. 2014;312(24):2605-2606. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.13382

Earlier this year, after the Ebola virus gripped West Africa and moved into the United States, Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, and Aiah Gbakima, MD, shared a common goal: educating health professionals and the general public about Ebola. But Frieden and Gbakima approached their objective from vastly different perspectives and opposite sides of the world.

As head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), known worldwide for its around-the-clock global disease tracking efforts, Frieden occupied a worldwide stage. Gbakima, on the other hand, was at the outbreak’s epicenter. Based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, he is editor of the recently launched Sierra Leone Journal of Biomedical Research and country director with Metabiota, a company that tracks infections and provides clinical diagnostics.

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