What is the impact of the 2014 Ebola epidemic?

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The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history and has affected multiple countries in West Africa. On August 8, 2014, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Over the span of a year, the Ebola epidemic has caused more than 10 times as many cases of Ebola than the combined total of all those reported in previous Ebola outbreaks. While the vast majority  of the cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, overall, 10 countries have reported cases. 

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Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. It is caused by a family of viruses that originate in central and west Africa. The disease is rare and occurs in sporadic outbreaks. Ebola is spread through direct co...

ntact with the bodily fluids of infected individuals or objects, such as needles or bedsheets, that have been contaminated with the virus. Your risk of contracting Ebola is very low unless you visit an area where it is widespread. There are no approved treatments for the disease, but some experimental treatments have shown promise. Vaccines are currently under development.
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