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More than 500 people have died in West Africa as efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak continue to fall short.

Just weeks ago, we noted that the "unprecedented" and "out of control" reach of the virus had only grown since its initial resurgence in March with over 500 cases and 350 reported deaths. The crisis has only escalated with 500 deaths now being reported. From the Associated Press:

Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever that can cause its victims to bleed from the ears and nose, had never before been seen in this part of West Africa where medical clinics are few and far between. The disease has turned up in at least two other countries — Liberia and Sierra Leone — and 539 deaths have been attributed to the outbreak that is now the largest on record.

The crisis has been slow in making its way into the public consciousness. From last week's Sunday Times:


Meanwhile, some communities are not only facing the virus, but also battling campaigns of misinformation about how it is transmitted. In the wake of the outbreak, medical workers attempting to help have been attacked and religious leaders have called for divine intervention.

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