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Ebola

Breaking Story: The Ebola outbreak that began in March 2014 with an 18-month-old boy in a Guinean village escalated, over the course of several months, into the worst outbreak of the disease in world history. As of Jan. 18, there were 21,724 reported cases and 8,641 deaths.

Current Status: On the decline? [Knock wood]. On Jan. 15, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a 14-part report on Ebola tracing the spread of the epidemic and assessing both the national and international responses. Whether or not the effect was intended, the report serves as a sort of summing up at a time when the end of the epidemic appears to be in sight: In the second week of January, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries that bore the brunt of the epidemic, reported their lowest weekly totals of new Ebola cases since the summer. The government of Liberia was sanguine enough about their recent numbers—only 10 confirmed cases as of Jan. 12—they

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