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WASHINGTON — Ebola started as a faraway thing, and that was scary enough. Then it jumped to a Dallas hospital, where one man died and two nurses were infected. On Wednesday, Ebola took a different kind of leap — a psychological one — as concerns spiked nationally about how the threat of the …

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Tom Frieden remembers the young woman with the beautiful hair, dyed a rusty gold and braided meticulously, elaborately, perhaps by someone who loved her very much. She was lying facedown, half off the mattress. She had been dead for hours, and flies had found the bare flesh of her legs.

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reportedly claimed close to 4,000 lives, and World Health Organization officials believe the true death toll could be far higher. An international response — including U.S. military personnel, as well as assistance from several other countries and nongov…

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The infection of health workers in Madrid and Dallas with Ebola marked the first cases in which people contracted the deadly virus outside of Africa. The number of cases in West Africa, where the worst-ever outbreak is raging, keeps climbing. More than 8,300 people have been infected and mor…

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There have been only three confirmed cases (and one death) of Ebola in the United States, but a related condition is spreading faster than a California wildfire. Americans nationwide are showing signs of an epidemic of fear, all too reminiscent of the stigmatization, dread of contagion, and …

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My heart was racing the night before our patient arrived. Richard Sacra was flying in from Liberia, the third American to be evacuated from the country after contracting Ebola. Emory University had successfully treated the first two. Now it was our turn in the hot seat, battling the virus th…

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On June 3, the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders issued a news release with a stark headline: "Resurgence of Epidemic Ebola in West Africa." A day later, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak one of the deadliest ever, with 223 victims in thr…

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MONROVIA, Liberia — I was goofing around with a small group of young children outside their home on a muddy, cratered road in the New Kru Town slum here. I made a scary face and the kids skittered, giggling, behind a low wall at the front of their shanty. Then they peeked out, hoping for more.

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MONROVIA, Liberia — Berlinda Clark arrived by ambulance at Redemption Hospital, a hellish holding center for the sick and the dead. Also in the back of the vehicle was the corpse of her mother, who died before the child's eyes on the trip over.