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Ebola: Facts Not Fear

Wellcome Trust Blog

B0009931 Ebola virus structure, illustrationThe latest WHO figures put the current death toll of the on-going Ebola outbreak at almost 5000, with over 10,000 cases reported in eight countries, mainly those in West Africa.

In a series of three posts this week we will be answering some of the most important and frequently asked questions on Ebola. Experts at the Wellcome Trust, including our director, infectious disease specialist Dr Jeremy Farrar, head of population health Dr Jimmy Whitworth, and international activities advisor Dr Marta Tufet, will help to provide answers.

There has been heightened media attention devoted to the Ebola outbreak in recent weeks, and many people are concerned about the epidemic. We would like to concentrate on facts, not fear, by sharing information from people working to help bring this epidemic under control.

In this first post, we look at the current situation and explore why this outbreak is worse than previous ones…

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