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Deadly Disease
Ebola Reaches Liberia's Capital City

The Ebola virus outbreak has taken a turn for the worse this month. The number of cases rose sharply at the end of May, and now the virus has killed seven people in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia.

Officials report that a woman from Sierra Leone (where the outbreak has also worsened) transported the virus into the country and infected a household. Among the dead are a nurse and an infant.

This outbreak, one of the worst on record, is proving alarmingly difficult to contain; the recent surge in cases happened just as Guinean officials claimed they had it under control. As this map provided by the Center for Disease Control shows, the outbreak is occurring mostly in the center or along the coastline of the three countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia). That must be slightly reassuring for neighboring Mali, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast. But as this story suggests, no country within reach of this region, nor any country accessible by air, should rest easy.



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