Global poverty, stigma, and the spread of disease

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The Guinea Ministry of Health recently announced the identification of 203 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

Ebola, a viral fever, has no known cure and kills 9 out of 10 of those infected. The research evidence available indicates that the virus is likely animal-borne with its origins stemming from bats. It is believed that the first patient during an outbreak is infected through contact with an infected animal. Then, human to human transmission occurs through contact with blood or secretions from an infected person or exposure to objects contaminated by infected secretions. The virus causes its victims to suffer a great deal, with symptoms including fever, severe headaches, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, and bleeding that can occur internally and externally. …

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