Ebola Outbreak Showing No Signs of Slowing Down

"The only way to stop an outbreak is to isolate each infected patient, trace all their contacts, isolate the ones who get sick and repeat the process until, finally, there are no more cases."

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Sun, Aug 3rd, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the Ebola outbreak showing no signs of slowing down, the Nigerian government has authorized "house-to-house searches for infected people in an effort to combat the disease."

First recognized in March in Guinea, the Ebola outbreak has surged through porous borders to invade neighboring countries, quickly outstripping fragile health systems and forcing health officials to fight the battle on many fronts. Past outbreaks have been more localized, but the current one has spread extensively over a vast region.

The stepped-up effort is long overdue, according to some analysts. They say the initial response was inadequate on both the national and international level and allowed the disease to mushroom from a local outbreak to an international threat.

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