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Two Americans Contract Ebola in Liberia

Medical personnel mask up at Ebola center in Liberia

Over this past weekend, Samaritan’s Purse announced that an American physician serving with that charity in Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola. Dr. Kent Brantly is the Medical Director for the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. He has been in the country since October and was doing post-doc work before the outbreak of illnesses began.

Projecting the Toll from Chikungunya

Avoiding dengue while visiting the Caribbean

Illnesses caused by the mosquito borne chikungunya virus were first detected in the Western Hemisphere in very early Dec. 2013. While there have been imported cases of chikungunya for some years, the illness had never been locally acquired until that time. From French St. Martin, the illness quickly spread to other French-speaking islands in the eastern Caribbean and then to other islands and onto the South American continent.

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