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August 6, 2014

Largest-Ever Ebola Outbreak Still Simmering in West Africa

JAMA. 2014;312(5):476. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.9757

New cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) continued to mount in West Africa in mid-July, adding to the toll of the largest outbreak of the infection to date. As of July 12, health officials said the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone had resulted in 964 cases (including 603 deaths) attributed to EVD (http://bit.ly/1recLqf).

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the agency and its partners were accelerating the emergency response to the outbreak, including contact tracing. Efforts to contain the outbreak have been complicated by “widespread misconception, resistance, denial, and occasional hostility in some communities,” said Manuel Fontaine, United Nations Children’s Fund regional director for West and Central Africa, in a statement (http://bit.ly/1nEGKoq).

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