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Travel in the time of Ebola: What it’s like to travel to West Africa during the outbreak

Travel in the time of Ebola: What it’s like to travel to West Africa during the outbreak

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A woman walks past an Ebola health care center, rear, to be used for screening for Ebola virus patients at the border village of Kouremale, Mali, between Mali and Guinea, Nov. 17, 2014.Image: Baba Ahmed/Associated PressThe threat of the Ebola virus in Mali was evident before I even entered the airport after landing in the capital city. As I exited the bus carrying us from the tarmac to the terminal at Bamako, the passengers in front of me swiftly headed toward makeshift hand washing stations with signs warning of Ebola and instructing everyone to wash their hands for at least 20-30 seconds. Most obvious sign of Ebola threat in Mali: hand washing stations set up outside almost every building in Bamako and Bougouni. — Katie Aune (@katieaune) November 25, 2014 Next up — still before even en
The Doctor Leading The Fight Against The Spread Of Ebola In West Africa Is Now Infected With The Disease

The Doctor Leading The Fight Against The Spread Of Ebola In West Africa Is Now Infected With The Disease

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Doctor Sheik Umar Khan has helped save more than 100 people. This is Sheik Umar Khan, 39, the head doctor fighting the spread of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone — and now he has contracted the deadly tropical virus as well, according to government officials cited by the Washington Post. View this image › Staff / Reuters Ebola causes people to develop hemorrhagic fevers and can cause people to bleed to death. It is fatal in 90% of cases, according to the World Health Organization. View this image › Health workers carry the body of an Ebola victim in Kenema, Sierra Leone, in June. People contract the virus by coming into contact with infected bodily fluids from humans or animals, including bushmeat. Stringer / Reuters The current outbreak has killed...